Posted by Ranveer ChandraSenior Researcher, Microsoft Research
On Sunday, Microsoft Research published a new paper in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong proposing a new system for improving indoor use of wireless technologies in cities.
Radio frequency spectrum, the airwaves over which wireless devices communicate, is in increasing demand throughout the world. Access to spectrum is currently regulated by strict licensing systems that limit the users and the applications of any given set of frequencies. The unfortunate result is that a significant amount of spectrum goes unused at any given time or place.
Based on measurements taken from more than 30 diverse locations in a typical city, our study found that more than 50 to 70 percent of spectrum in the TV band alone goes unused. These vacant frequencies are called TV white spaces, or just white spaces.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
On Wednesday, leading policy makers, educators and industry leaders gathered to address approaches to modernize and elevate the teaching profession to meet the demands of a globally competitive world at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
Panelists discussed how critical it is for every U.S. student to have an outstanding teacher, agreed that there needs to be a culture shift in order to elevate the teaching profession and provided examples of great teaching and teaching programs.
Programs such as Microsoft’s TEALS and Partners in Learning initiatives, the CityBridge-NewSchools Education Innovation Fellowship, TLINC, UMUC’s teacher certification programs and TEACH.org were discussed. Following the discussion, there was a robust Q&A session with the audience focused on issues related to teacher recruitment and retention, teacher preparation programs and technology use in classrooms.
Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
We are pleased to announce Microsoft’s participation in a cross-industry coalition dedicated to the creation of an effective European unitary patent system. It’s truly a unique coalition: 14 global innovators and users of the European patent system, who are in many cases fierce competitors, plus two associations representing another 25 innovative companies in the technology sector, have been working collaboratively for several months to suggest solutions that support the creation of an effective, balanced and harmonized Europe-wide patent system. Today, the coalition released a letter from European policy makers on recommendations to those solutions.
Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
At the kickoff event for his year-long presidential initiative, “America’s Promise – Keeping Our Kids Safe,” the new leader of the U.S. National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) promised to help protect American youth in all aspects of their lives, including life online.
“We need to focus on prevention,” NAAG president and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told an audience of about 120, including AGs, members of their staffs and others in Milwaukee last week. “We need to educate our kids; we need them to build positive relationships with law enforcement, and we need to take people off the streets (who would do children harm).”
Posted by David JonesAssistant General Counsel, IP Policy, Microsoft
Sept. 16 marks the second anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA), the first significant modernization of U.S. patent law in a half-century.
The AIA contained important reforms aimed at improving patent quality and confidence in the patent system and ensuring that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has the tools and resources it needs to fulfill its vital role in spurring American innovation. Microsoft was pleased to support it.