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  • Blog Post: Engineering Accessibility into Windows 7

    Posted by Laura Ruby Director, Accessibility Policy and Standards A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about Government 2.0, accessibility and tools that are available to help developers make information technology more accessible to people with disabilities. As a longtime member of Microsoft’s...
  • 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: Empowering Families in the Digital Age

    Posted by Steve Crown Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Entertainment & Devices I recently spent time in Washington, D.C., meeting with leading child safety experts who focus on addressing technology’s impact on kids. I was eager to gain new insights as we build out our Get Game...
  • Blog Post: IT as an Engine of Economic Growth -- Another Perspective

    Posted by Robert D. Atkinson President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ( Editor’s note: This is the first of what we anticipate will be a steady stream of posts from guest bloggers on Microsoft on the Issues. Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology...
  • Blog Post: How Will Windows 7 Impact the Global Economy?

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President Given the large number of customers Microsoft serves around the world, and the many partners we collaborate with to maximize and deliver the benefits of our software, we have long sought to understand the economic impact of our work and our products...
  • Blog Post: The Role of IT in Economic Recovery: Competition and Collaboration

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property and Licensing As the purveyor of hardware, software and services designed to help us all work more efficiently, the IT industry has a responsibility – now more than ever before – to help people...
  • Blog Post: White Spaces: Delivering Broadband to America

    Posted by Paula Boyd Regulatory Counsel Earlier today we were pleased to join Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia, Spectrum Bridge , Dell and the TDF Foundation to mark the launch of a network that leverages vacant channels in the TV broadcasting band (the so-called “TV white spaces”) to provide...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer to Congress: Act Now on Stimulus Agreement

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues House and Senate lawmakers moved with impressive speed today to forge a final agreement on a $789 billion stimulus package designed to help revive the struggling U.S. economy. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who has been a vocal proponent...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Develops Plug-in for Moodle to Aid Teachers, Students

    Posted by L. Michael Golden Corporate Vice President, Education Products Group As my colleagues and I talk to teachers, students and educational institutions about their use of information technology, we learn a lot about the applications with the greatest capacity to extend the abilities of teachers...
  • Blog Post: Technology at the Margins – Social Innovators and Innovations

    Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Global Community Affairs Can technology be used to create positive social change, and if so, how? This was the focus of a talk I gave recently to a class on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship...
  • Blog Post: Technology Is Enabling a Green Business Revolution in Europe

    Posted by John Vassallo Vice President, EU Affairs This week I have been lucky to be one of a handful of business executives speaking at the European Union’s Green Week conference in Brussels . A recurring theme among all attendees, whether from business, politics, science or non-governmental...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Helps Create the UNESCO KINL (Knowledge and Innovations Network for Literacy) Portal

    Posted by Owen Linderholm Director, Microsoft on the Issues The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that in conjunction with International Literacy Day it is launching a new portal for supporting and promoting literacy efforts globally. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: White House CIO Vivek Kundra Helps Showcase Windows Azure

    Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President, Microsoft Federal When it comes to cloud computing, federal customers have a lot to consider and new business options to explore nearly every day. And while “the cloud” is still in its infancy, today, I’m excited to extend our cloud announcements...
  • Blog Post: The Local Economic Benefits of the Global Software Business

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President Creating jobs and speeding economic recovery are top of mind for everyone these days, including those of us in the information technology (IT) industry. A recently released study entitled “ Aid to Recovery: The Economic Impact of IT, Software...
  • Blog Post: Lightning in the Cloud: How IT-Based Innovation Will Enable the Smart Grid

    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. Last week, the Obama Administration released a report entitled “ A Policy Framework for the 21 st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future .” ...
  • Blog Post: Partnering With Customers – and Competitors - on Green IT

    Posted by Steve Lippman Director, Environmental Engagement Strategy As part of our capacity-building efforts with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profits, Microsoft recently partnered with TechSoup Global to present a set of webinars with green technology guidance specifically tailored...
  • Blog Post: Software Piracy: The Risks are Greater than Ever

    Posted by David Finn Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-piracy and Anti-counterfeiting, Microsoft Software counterfeiting and piracy is a global problem that no single entity solves alone. From countries trying to spark their economies to businesses trying to protect their assets to consumers...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring Young Women to Become Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders

    Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President, U.S. Federal Government Business Despite society’s best efforts, there is a huge disparity in the number of men and women majoring in IT fields and pursuing technology-related careers. In 1982, about half of the students majoring in science, technology...
  • Blog Post: A Celebration of World Standards Day

    Posted by Bill Harmon Global Standards Lead, Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs October 14 is World Standards Day , which has been observed for more than 40 years to highlight the economic importance of global standards and to honor the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in...
  • Blog Post: IT Employment and Innovation Fostering Recovery

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs While employment in the overall U.S. economy shrank from 2008 to 2009, the number of jobs in the IT sector held steady, according to data released Tuesday by the U. S. Census Bureau. This finding supports the results of earlier...
  • Blog Post: A Transparent Look at Office 2010

    Posted by Tom Robertson Associate General Counsel Last week was exciting for Microsoft as we hosted the 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 09) in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. We made announcements for our company and our partners that will help create opportunities for the IT industry and benefit...
  • Blog Post: Reducing Microsoft’s Carbon Footprint

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist ( Re-posted from Software Enabled Earth , Microsoft’s environmental sustainability blog ) Today, our CEO Steve Ballmer sent an e-mail to all Microsoft employees about Microsoft’s long-term commitment to increase our focus around environmental...