Posted by Cameron EvansU.S. Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Education
On Tuesday, Microsoft released findings from an IDC study we commissioned to gain a better understanding of how we can contribute towards well-prepared students. The study identifies the skills and competencies that will be highly valued by employers now and through the year 2020.
I often reflect on the careers that exist today, that weren’t even an idea when I was in primary and secondary school. My role at Microsoft is not something my elementary and secondary teachers could have prepared me for and yet, they did. So why is there a gap between the expectations of employers and the preparation of this generation’s youngest minds?
Posted by Kim SanchezDirector, Online Safety, Microsoft
To give, or not to give your child access to the Internet isn’t the question. For many parents, the question is, when? As a parent of two young children, I too have struggled with when to give my kids their first phone, tablet and gaming devices.
Almost all parents, 94 percent, allow their kids to use at least one online service or device, according to a new Microsoft survey, “How Old is Too Young To Go Online.” The poll asked, at what age would consumers allow children unsupervised access to technologies such as mobile devices, social sites and online services. In addition, respondents were asked at what age they would talk to children about online risks.
The answer: eight years old is the average age at which parents allow independent Internet and device use, according to the survey from Microsoft.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
In a post over on The Official Microsoft Blog on Monday, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced Microsoft has joined Code.org, a nationwide campaign urging schools, teachers and parents across the country to participate in the “Hour of Code” Initiative.
Held during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9 to Dec. 15), this initiative will help introduce more than 10 million students to computer programming and the exciting careers of the future.
Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft
Our customers expect strong privacy protections to be built into Microsoft technologies, so we make privacy a priority. Our inclusion of Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 is an example of how we strive to meet these expectations.
We believe DNT holds potential to help people better manage their privacy online. However, until stakeholders collectively agree on what DNT means and how websites should respond to the DNT signal, its promise will not be fully realized. Microsoft has been steadfastly committed to and engaged in the W3C's Tracking Protection Working Group’s efforts to define a DNT standard. Developing standards that work across an entire industry is often difficult, but the benefits make the effort worthwhile.
On Oct. 4, Microsoft announced the formation of a new 4Afrika Advisory Council in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The new council’s main mission is to ensure that the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative always remains relevant for Africans and does in fact help the continent become and remain globally competitive for the benefit of the African people.
The 4Afrika Initiative is an effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness.