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  • Blog Post: EU privacy authorities approve Microsoft cloud contracts

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post Thursday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced that the European Union’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Time for an international convention on government access to data

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important changes to the surveillance practices of the U.S. government. We appreciate the...
  • Blog Post: An Earth Day Perspective: Unlocking Energy Savings with Cloud Computing

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft In the 40 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, the annual event has become a time not only for individuals, but also for companies, government agencies and organizations of all sizes to affirm their environmental commitments...
  • Blog Post: The Campaign Cloud

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Ravi Singh CEO of ElectionMall.com The 2008 presidential election showed how powerful the Internet has become in modern politics. From raising money to communicating with constituents to organizing staff, cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Partners Help Latin America Tackle Big Challenges

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Blog This year, Microsoft hosted the Public Sector Leaders Forum (PSLF) in Washington, D.C. for government officials, academic leaders and Microsoft executives from across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss how information technology...
  • Blog Post: Research as a Service: Cloud Computing Accelerates Scientific Discovery

    Posted by Dennis Gannon Director of Cloud Research Strategy, Microsoft Research Over the past two years, we have seen growing interest from the scientific community in using public clouds for research. As part of the original Cloud Research Engagement Initiative in 2010, Microsoft partnered with funding...
  • Blog Post: Portland Schools Adopt Microsoft Cloud Computing Platform

    Microsoft announced today that Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in Oregon, plans to first move faculty and staff to Microsoft’s Live@edu cloud computing platform, followed by their high school students. So far, more than a third of the state of Oregon has enrolled in Live...
  • Blog Post: Why Cloud Computing Is Efficient Computing

    Posted by Josh Henretig Director, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Over the weekend, the New York Times began publishing a series that looks at the environmental and local economic impacts of cloud computing. We’ve posted our perspective on these issues on the Global Foundation Services...
  • Blog Post: Economics of the Cloud

    Posted by Rolf Harms , Director, Corporate Strategy Group Michael Yamartino , Manager, Corporate Strategy Group Information technology is undergoing a seismic shift towards the cloud, a disruption we believe is as game-changing as the transition from mainframes to client/server. This shift will impact...
  • Blog Post: Making Privacy Work for Everybody

    Posted by Ronald Zink Chief Operating Officer, European Union Affairs, Microsoft A big question for governments and business at the moment, and indeed for users of the Internet all over the world, is how personal data – a person’s identity, personal materials, financial or sensitive information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Showcases Customs Technology at Annual World Customs Organization IT Conference

    Posted by Frank McCosker Managing Director, Microsoft Global Strategic Accounts This week, I’m in Seattle attending the World Customs Organization’s annual IT Conference and Exhibition alongside more than 500 other delegates, helping Microsoft display the next generation of technology...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking the Promise of the Cloud in Government

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and General Counsel Over the past few months, starting with my January speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., I’ve talked a lot about the great potential for cloud computing to increase the efficiency and productivity of governments...
  • Blog Post: Why Cloud Customers Can’t Ignore Model Clauses, Especially Now

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft This week privacy authorities from all 27 European Union member states adopted a long-awaited Opinion clarifying what companies must do to safeguard the private information of Europe’s...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer’s Thoughts on Cloud Computing

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues In late January, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith delivered a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on the burgeoning field of cloud computing. Brad outlined specific industry and legislative actions that Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Pulse on Citizenship: Addressing the Changing Nonprofit IT Landscape at 2012 NetHope Summit

    Editor’s Note: This post is part of a monthly series from Microsoft’s Citizenship team that appears at 6 a.m. PT on the second Wednesday of every month. Pulse on Citizenship provides insight and commentary on topics and trends in corporate citizenship. Posted by James Rooney Program Manager...
  • Blog Post: Talking Cloud Privacy in Washington, D.C.

    Posted by Susie Adams Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal Greater adoption of cloud computing is considered an inevitable trend by regulators and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle, according to my fellow panelists at Tuesday’s “@Microsoft Conversations on Privacy”...
  • Blog Post: Fostering the Next Phase of Cloud Computing

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and General Counsel Today, I have the good fortune to be in Paris, a city my family and I previously lived in for three years, to discuss the enormous potential of cloud computing for Europe and countries around the world. Cloud computing continues to...
  • Blog Post: Congress Considers Cloud Computing

    Posted by Fred Humphries Managing Director, U.S. Government Affairs Over the last 25 years, technology has enabled data to move from the desk drawer to the desktop, to networks, to the Web and now into the cloud. This rapid growth offers tremendous potential for efficiency, cost savings and innovations...
  • Blog Post: Look For Us at Rio+20

    Posted by Josh Henretig Director, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development , otherwise known as Rio+20, will kick off this week from June 12 to June 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The objective of Rio+20 is to secure renewed political commitment...
  • Blog Post: The Momentum of Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

    Posted by Niels Soelberg Vice President, Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA When I talk with government leaders and chief information officers across our region, I’m often asked questions that seek to learn more about the latest trend towards cloud computing. These questions range from legislative...
  • Blog Post: Government and Industry at the Table for Cloud Computing

    Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President, Microsoft Federal (Cross-posted from the Microsoft FutureFed blog) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held an event last week that brought stakeholders in the federal IT community together to discuss cloud standards for data portability...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Whitepaper: Policymakers Play Key Role in Cloud Safety

    Posted by Julie Inman-Grant Director, Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach, Trustworthy Computing The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information. However...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Kicks off Public Safety Symposium with Focus on the Cloud

    Posted by Dermot Barry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Safety, Microsoft Now more than ever, technology helps governments and non-government organizations address some of the most pressing public safety challenges, from responding to disasters and managing significant events to protecting critical...
  • Blog Post: Moving Responsibly to Cloud Computing

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel There has been much attention focused on the tremendous opportunities presented by cloud computing. The greater efficiency, cost effectiveness, flexibility and choice in services enabled by cloud computing can benefit everyone from consumers to developers to governments...
  • Blog Post: 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...