Posted by John SeethoffVice President and Deputy General Counsel
I want to thank Microsoft’s shareholders who attended or voted at this year’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders. At yesterday’s annual meeting, nearly 86 percent of outstanding shares were voted. For the first time, shareholders who were unable to attend the meeting in person were able to vote online via a virtual shareholder meeting. Shareholders acted on five items of business, including one shareholder proposal.
Editor’s Note: This post is part of a monthly series from Microsoft called “The View from Washington State”. The View from Washington State provides insight and commentary on topics and trends of importance to technology, education, corporate citizenship and public policy in Washington State.
Posted by DeLee ShoemakerSenior Director of State Government Affairs, Microsoft
With more than 90 percent of the ballots now counted, the ads have stopped, the signs have been put away, and most of the dust has settled on Washington’s 2012 elections.
Democrats dominated the statewide races, with President Obama easily carrying Washington; Jay Inslee narrowly defeating Rob McKenna for Governor; incumbent Maria Cantwell winning re-election; Susan DelBene, Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck taking the three open Congressional seats; and Democratic candidates winning every other statewide race except Secretary of State.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it signed patent licensing agreements for the use of the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) with five companies, spanning industries including high-end camcorders, digital cameras and Android tablets.
The agreements cover Sharp Android tablets, Sigma and NextoDi high-end cameras and accessories, and Black Magic and Atomos Global broadcast-quality video-recording devices.
On Thursday, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Legal &Corporate Affairs Brad Smith opened the Washington Innovation Summit, an annual day-long conference, which focuses on the key mechanisms that make innovative economies grow. Put on by the Technology Alliance and attended by local technology business leaders, education, economic and government luminaries, Brad gave a keynote addressing the challenges facing Washington in becoming a state that fosters innovation, creates high-impact jobs and the need to make investments in the state’s intellectual infrastructure.
Brad laid out a framework for how to advance the technology-based economic development in Washington, a sector that drives significant growth and economic prosperity, but has the opportunity to do much more.
For a company whose products allow people to communicate and collaborate over long distances, Microsoft still spends a lot of time thinking about transportation.
As a major employer, we pay attention to the impact our operations have on public infrastructure like roads and bridges. We offer a comprehensive program to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicle trips our employees make to campus: Supporting carpools and vanpools, providing transit passes to employees and contractors, operating a fleet of hybrid shuttles between our facilities, and operating The Connector private transit service to our campus where existing public transportation is insufficient or inconvenient.