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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shareholders Vote on “Say-on-Pay,” Other Measures

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Over the last few months Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and I have blogged about our Board of Directors’ consideration of “Say-on-Pay” proposals that enable shareholders to weigh-in on our executive compensation...
  • Blog Post: Different Business Models, Common Concerns

    UPDATE: May 19, 2009 – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel The ALI adopted the Principles in a vote on May 19 th . We are disappointed that the ALI did not allow for additional input, and will continue to work with the Linux Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Technology and Innovation key to transforming Education

    Posted by Lauren Woodman General Manager of Government and Education Programs, Worldwide Public Sector Lauren Woodman This week Microsoft is hosting the Education Leaders Forum in Warsaw, Poland in conjunction with the 2010 Imagine Cup World Finals . Great event – great to bring together...
  • Blog Post: Cracking Down on Botnets

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel Botnets - networks of compromised computers controlled by hackers known as “bot-herders” - have become a serious problem in cyberspace. Their proliferation has led some to worry that the botnet problem is unsolvable. Under the control...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partners with National Journal, The Atlantic for “Conversations with the Next Generation”

    Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft This summer, the people of the United States will look to Charlotte and Tampa as political leaders from across the country gather to lay out their vision for the future. Younger voters in particular have a stake in the course...
  • Blog Post: North Carolina Becomes 8th State to join Elevate America

    By David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue announced yesterday that North Carolina will partner with Microsoft to implement Elevate America , an initiative designed to help get people back to work by giving state and local governments the tools and...
  • Blog Post: Economic Hard Times and the Global Technology Workforce

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft is not sheltered from the unprecedented crisis battering the global economy. In response to challenges we are confronting in markets around the world, we announced last month that we would cut jobs and reduce our overall...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Posts Latest Quarterly Earnings

    Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft this morning reported results for its fiscal first quarter, which concluded September 30. A copy of the earnings release, the detailed financial data and the 10Q we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available...
  • Blog Post: Join The Atlantic & Microsoft LIVE Digital Town Hall on Jobs and the Economy of the Future – Feb. 9

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Senior Manager, Corporate Blogs On Wednesday, February 9, at 8:30 a.m. EST, join The Atlantic and Microsoft for a live digital town hall discussion on how we can create the jobs and strengthen the US economy. Top leaders from government, media, academia and business will...
  • Blog Post: Businesses Should Take the Lead on Corporate Governance

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Last month Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and I blogged about the decision by Microsoft’s board of directors to adopt a new “Say-on-Pay” policy. Recently Brad authored a column for InsideCounsel magazine entitled...
  • Blog Post: Addressing the Plight of Refugees

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Earlier today I attended the 2010 Voices of Courage Awards luncheon in New York hosted by the Women's Refugee Commission , an organization that advocates for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the...
  • Blog Post: The Facts About the So-Called “Microsoft Bridge”

    Posted by DeLee Shoemaker Director, Washington State Government Affairs Every week or so it seems there is a news report about one of the transportation infrastructure projects approved as part of the federal stimulus package. Because the NE 36th Street overpass in Redmond is near our campus, some...
  • Blog Post: Hiring America’s Heroes

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Editor's Note: The following post originally appeared earlier today on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . This particular topic seemed relevant to readers of the Microsoft on the Issues Blog, so we have...
  • Blog Post: Using Enforcement to Crack Down on ‘Click Fraud’

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel I’ve led Microsoft’s Internet Safety Enforcement Team for a decade now. In that time, we’ve partnered with government and industry on a variety of preventive, investigative and enforcement efforts to stymie cybercrime and online fraud...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Offers its Support for the Protect IP Act

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 – the PROTECT IP Act. We support...
  • Blog Post: Technology in Action: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit For most of the 11 years I’ve worked at Microsoft, I’ve focused on ways to fight the constantly evolving threat of cybercrime. Computer facilitated crimes have many faces, and by far the most difficult and heartrending...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft sues Motorola over Android patent infringements

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel As many of you may have seen, Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine...
  • Blog Post: Defending Patent Quality

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in Bilski v. Kappos – a case to determine what types of business methods should be eligible for patent protection – Microsoft issued the following statement: “Microsoft has urged...
  • Blog Post: Advancing the Idea of Collective Action to Improve Internet Security and Privacy

    Posted by Scott Charney Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing To help address growing concerns regarding Internet security and privacy, I recently published a paper outlining an approach to addressing botnets and malware that threaten consumer devices connected to the Internet entitled Collective...
  • Blog Post: Launch of the APEC 2011 Host Committee

    Posted by Craig Mundie Chief Research and Strategy Officer Officials in Washington gathered at the Willard Hotel on July 14th, 2010, to launch the APEC 2011 USA Host Committee. Photo credit: BusinessWire. The United States this week took one more step forward in its plans to host the Asia...
  • Blog Post: Helping people protect their Hotmail accounts

    Posted by Walter Harp Director of Product Management, Windows Live Over the past few months, Windows Live has announced several new security features that will provide additional account protection for people on Hotmail, including Single Use Codes, Full Session SSL, SMS-based account recovery, and...
  • Blog Post: White House Support for Innovation Will Drive Economic Recovery

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs The way out of our nation’s current economic difficulties is through innovation fostered by investments in education, technical job skills training, and science and technology infrastructure. That’s what Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself

    Posted by Peter Neupert Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group (Cross-posted from Neupert on Health ) My family and I just got back from a vacation in Mexico, so the news that’s on everyone’s mind—the spread of H1N1 Influenza A —is weighing even more heavily on...
  • Blog Post: Surfacing Human Potential at TED 2010

    Posted by Dan’l Lewin Corporate Vice President, Strategic & Emerging Business Development Dan’l Lewin This week at TED 2010 in southern California, conferees will have an opportunity to experience the power of innovation and entrepreneurship in some new and extraordinary ways...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Applauds Passage of Patent Bill by the U.S. Senate

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Yesterday, the Senate passed S. 23, the “America Invents Act,” by a vote of 95-5. Microsoft applauds the Senate’s action and looks forward to further consideration of patent reform by the House of Representatives...