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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Welcomes the “Digital Agenda for Europe”

    Posted by John Vassallo Vice President EU Legal and Corporate Affairs (Cross posted from microsoft.eu ) Microsoft welcomes the “Digital Agenda for Europe,” announced earlier this week by European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, as a bold roadmap for action...
  • Blog Post: U.S., European Commission Clear Microsoft-Yahoo! Agreement

    Posted by Brad Smith Microsoft Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Michael Callahan Yahoo! Executive Vice President and General Counsel As was broadly reported this morning, both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have completed their reviews of the Microsoft-Yahoo...
  • Blog Post: The Importance of Search Result Location

    Editor's Note: The following is a guest post from Susan Athey, a Professor of Economics at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a long-time Microsoft consultant. Search engines are a technological marvel: In milliseconds, they can bring order to the vastness of the Internet. In fact...
  • Blog Post: Working to Fulfill our Legal Obligations in Europe for Windows 7

    UPDATE: June 11, 2009 – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel [Update to my original post earlier today below - I’ve added more historical context for readers who might be new to the issue – D.H.] Earlier today CNET reported that...
  • Blog Post: The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It

    Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel ( If you would like more information about the browser choice screen on your computer, or if you have a technical issue with the update, the Windows team has prepared a page you may find useful entitled, What is the Browser Choice...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability: The Other Side of Our Settlement with the European Commission

    Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel On Wednesday the European Commission announced its decision to approve a resolution of its long-running competition law inquiry concerning Microsoft. Commissioner Kroes remarked that the decision has the potential to herald a “new...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 10th Edition

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on a new Pew Center study focused on mobile app privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to measure mobile broadband speeds and more. Pew Center study: app users...
  • Blog Post: Surf the Net – Think Privacy!

    Posted by Thomas Myrup Kristensen EU Internet Policy Director What does it take to ensure companies make great products that enhance privacy? What does it take to ensure that consumers understand their privacy rights and feel comfortable in an online world? In short, what does it take to build a real...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Proposal to the European Commission

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft recently made a proposal to the European Commission to address competition law concerns that the Commission has raised with regard to Internet Explorer and the interoperability of certain Microsoft products. The Commission...
  • Blog Post: Safer Internet Day: It’s More than a Game, it’s Your Life

    Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Director, Trustworthy Computing Communications – Privacy & Online Safety Today is international Safer Internet Day (SID), an annual event dedicated to promoting responsible use of the Internet and mobile technology, particularly among children and youth. ...
  • Blog Post: Revising the EU Data Protection Directive

    Posted by Thomas Myrup Kristensen Senior EU Policy Director (Cross posted from Microsoft.eu ) Late last month, European Union Commissioner Viviane Reding re-stated her desire to reform and modernize the EU’s Data Protection Framework Directive (95/46/EC). She noted that the Commission...
  • Blog Post: European Commission to Market Test Microsoft Proposals on Web Browser Choice

    UPDATE: October 7, 2009 - 4:15 a.m. Pacific Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues We have issued an updated and more detailed statement from General Counsel Brad Smith on today’s EC announcement on PressPass . __ _____________________________________ ...
  • Blog Post: Adding our Voice to Concerns about Search in Europe

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law. We thought it important to...
  • Blog Post: Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web

    Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Browser Choice in Europe

    Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel A week ago the European Commission said it welcomed our proposal to provide Windows users a “consumer ballot screen” to select the Web browser of their choice to surf the Internet. We believe this approach addresses...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and the European Commission

    UPDATE: January 17, 2009, 10:15 a.m. Pacific -- The European Commission has commented on the Statement of Objections it sent to Microsoft Thursday. You can read the full text on the Commission’s Web site . Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues For those of you...
  • Blog Post: Privacy for Today’s Technology: Putting People First

    Posted by Brad Smith Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft One of the most important policy discussions emerging this year is the effort to update privacy laws in Europe and the United States. This is welcome news. Key laws governing privacy and security...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: The Browser Choice Screen for Europe

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues The European Commission issued a statement this morning welcoming Microsoft’s rollout of a browser choice screen for Windows PC users in Europe who have Internet Explorer as their default browser. “Giving consumers the...
  • Blog Post: Comparing Search Data Retention Policies of Major Search Engines Before the EU

    Posted By Brendon Lynch Director of Privacy Strategy (Re-posted from The Data Privacy Imperative blog) Today, I testified before the Article 29 Working Party , the Europe Commission group charged with providing advice to the EU and member states on the protection of personal data. The Article 29...