November, 2013

  • Recap from Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting

    Posted by John Seethoff
    Deputy General Counsel & Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

    I want to thank the Microsoft’s shareholders who attended or voted at this year’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Nearly 84 percent of outstanding shares were voted. Microsoft shareholders:

    • Elected nine directors to serve on the Board of Directors until the next annual meeting. All director nominees received more than 90 percent of votes cast.

    • Approved the material terms of the performance goals under the Executive Officer Incentive Plan with more than 97 percent of votes cast.

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  • Needles in haystacks: The secret burden holding back our economy

    Posted by Jon Palmer
    Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

    There’s one rarely discussed burden on today’s economy: businesses are forced to search and store massive amounts of documents on the off chance they may become evidence in court. The cost for this unnecessary exercise hits businesses of all sizes at a time when our focus should be freeing up capital to create jobs and generate growth. Today Microsoft is sharing data that shows just how wasteful the “discovery” process can be for business. By sharing this data, we join others who speak in favor of recently proposed updates that would modernize the rules and help eliminate waste.

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  • Supporting US ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

    Posted by Shinder Dhillon
    Senior Global Diversity & Inclusion Director, Microsoft

    On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that affirms the equality of all people, without exceptions, due to their abilities, and seeks to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. The CRPD was adopted in 2006 and has been ratified by 137 countries. The U.S. has not yet taken that step toward ratification.

    Microsoft is proud to support the ratification of the CRPD, and we are pleased to be a signatory on the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) letter encouraging ratification of the treaty. USBLN has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft, and is a strong advocate through its work promoting inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace.

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  • The Innovation Act: An important step in patent reform

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez
    Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

    Congress took an important step on Wednesday to curb abusive litigation practices that are harming business owners, America’s economy and innovation.

    The House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, and Microsoft is pleased to support it. We appreciate Chairman Goodlatte’s leadership and the hard work of the House Judiciary Committee in crafting patent-reform legislation that addresses abusive behavior while protecting innovation.

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  • Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testifies before Congress on the state of computer science education

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

    On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S.

    The hearing, titled “Our Nation of Builders:  Training the Builders of the Future,” included a panel of industry and policy experts examining the critical business need for workers trained in STEM fields to ensure continued U.S. innovation and economic growth.

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  • Get an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime

    Posted by Steve Wiens
    Editor, Stories

    Call them “the zombies next door.”

    With terrifying speed and stealth, cybercriminals can infect millions of PCs with malware, turning them into a vicious zombie army mobilized to commit crimes like identity theft, financial fraud and worse.


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  • Microsoft and Washington state partner to bridge tech skills gap

    Posted by Carrie Francey
    Senior Director of Sales, Marketing & Programs, Microsoft Learning Experience

    On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Washington State Library to bring Microsoft’s IT Academy online training to more than 385 libraries statewide. The industry-leading technology training will be available to Washingtonians to help prepare them for success in a global workplace that grows more tech-dependent each day.

    Technology is everywhere, and one out of two jobs today requires some degree of technology skills. In less than 10 years, this number will increase to three out of every four jobs requiring IT skills. Meanwhile, among 18- to 34-year-olds who are employed, less than half say they have the education and training necessary to get ahead in their job or career, according to Pew Research Center.

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  • Online ‘safety’ as a state of being

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere
    Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft

    We’re all very aware of people’s desires to be “safe” and “secure,” and to exist and engage in environments – both online and off – that are built on trust. To define these points as absolute states of being, however, is impractical and unrealistic. Rather, when it comes to life online, we should focus first on the almost-innumerable advantages of the Internet; realize the online world is not without risk, and then seek to minimize and manage identified risks accordingly.

    Perhaps somewhat of an exercise in semantics, but the need for this distinction became abundantly clear at the 2013 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Bali, Indonesia, which took place from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25. I was observing a panel discussion entitled “Protection of the Most Vulnerable Children Online,” organized and moderated by Yuliya Morenets, Executive Director of the NGO Together Against Cybercrime and an associate professor at Strasbourg University.

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  • Microsoft spotlights Expert Educators and Mentor Schools for 2014

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

    On Thursday, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide Education Anthony Salcito announced Microsoft’s 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools.

    “These exclusive, year-long programs were created to recognize educators and schools who are on the leading edge of education innovation, paving the way for their peers in the use of technology to improve learning and student outcomes,” Salcito wrote in a post over on the Microsoft in Education Blog. “Expert Educators were selected from over 22,000 educators in 158 countries, while Mentor Schools came from nearly 250 schools in 75 countries.”

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  • Microsoft participates in U.S. News and World Report Hospital of Tomorrow Conference

    Posted by Jeff Meisner
    Editor, Microsoft on the Issues

    This week, Michael Robinson, Microsoft’s vice president of U.S. Health and Life Sciences, participated in the U.S. News and World Report Hospital of Tomorrow Conference held in Washington, D.C.

    The event gave Robinson the opportunity to connect with many leading hospital executives and health care visionaries to explore methods for tackling the range of challenges facing the health systems of today and those in the future.

    On Tuesday, Robinson participated in the luncheon keynote session with Peter Slavin, M.D., President of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Shalom Jacobovitz, Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Cardiology. The panel’s moderator was Len Nichols, Ph.D., director and professor, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University.

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