Microsoft, Europol, FBI and industry partners disrupt notorious ZeroAccess botnet that hijacks search results

The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. For the third time this year, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit has successfully disrupted a dangerous botnet that has impacted millions of innocent people. Today, we’re pleased to announce that Microsoft, in conjunction with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the…


Protecting customer data from government snooping

The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft. Many of our customers have serious concerns about government surveillance of the Internet. We share their concerns. That’s why we are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer…


Windows Azure Services coming to Brazil

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced it will invest in the development of a new Windows Azure region in Brazil. The investment represents an important step in the company’s cloud expansion strategy and its commitment to the country and Latin America. Worldwide, Windows Azure is currently available in 89 countries and 19 currencies, and Microsoft will expand…


Office 365 makes the grade with Canada’s second-largest public school system

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that Canada’s second-largest public school board – the Peel District School Board – has deployed Microsoft Office 365 to more than 150,000 students, administrators and staff members. “The launch provides the district with the capabilities once reserved for the world’s largest corporations and, according to a recent IDC study, allows the…


NORAD Tracks Santa project goes 3D, touch-device optimized with some help from Microsoft

The following post is from Roger Capriotti, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft. It was originally published on The Fire Hose. The redesigned homepage for NORAD Tracks Santa. Every December, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (“NORAD”) serves the important role of ensuring that Santa’s journey around the world is safe. Since 1955, children of…


See the most popular Bing searches of 2013

Each year Bing looks back at the top U.S. searches of the last 12 months, and in their 2013 report, powerful women unquestionably took the prize. The five most-searched people of the year were all female, with Beyoncé grabbing the top spot, followed by Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna. Bing also reports that…