Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
Today, Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire signed important legislation creating the new public-private Washington Opportunity Scholarship, an innovative approach to attracting new funding to help stabilize our higher education system and increase the number of Washington students earning bachelor’s degrees.
To help launch this new program, Microsoft and The Boeing Co. are pledging $25 million apiece over the next five years to the effort. Together with matching state contributions under the new program, this will raise $100 million for scholarships for low- and middle-income students. It’s an important first step towards the goal of creating a billion-dollar endowment for financial aid by the end of this decade.
Posted by David FinnAssociate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-piracy & Anti-counterfeiting, Microsoft
The past year has been a milestone for Microsoft’s global anti-piracy team in many ways.
We launched global education campaigns that arm consumers with information to protect themselves from the risks of non-genuine software. We continued our investment in developing innovative forensic technologies that track counterfeit activities and criminal syndicates worldwide. Our strategic partnership with local governments made it more difficult for criminal gangs to sell non-genuine software to unsuspecting consumers.
I’m pleased to share that Microsoft was recognized for these efforts by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG). At the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards in Paris on June 8, Microsoft received a commendation for our efforts to build awareness and protect consumers from the dangers of software piracy.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Blog
A group of students intent on changing the world with technology pitched their ideas to Silicon Valley industry experts, academics, and media on Wednesday.
Posted by Richard BoscovichSenior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
In March, we announced that Microsoft had, with the help of industry partners and law enforcement, taken down the notorious spamming botnet, Rustock.
Since that time, I’m happy to report that the botnet has stayed dead.