Welcome to Microsoft On The Issues

Posted by Brad Smith 
General Counsel

When Microsoft was founded in 1975, software was a little-known product in a niche industry outside the public eye. Today, thanks to the proliferation of powerful computing devices in everything from cars to mobile phones, software and information technology touch virtually every individual and every aspect of society.

The diffusion of technology has, in turn, raised the prominence and urgency of tech issues in public policy debates.

The centrality of tech issues in public life and Microsoft’s history as an innovator in the digital arena have often led to our involvement in public policy debates.  These have included a wide range of issues, from broadband access, online privacy and data portability to intellectual property protection, competition law, international trade and immigration.

Over the years we have used a variety of communications vehicles to share our positions. 

Today we are launching “Microsoft on the Issues” to open another, more direct line of communication that will enable us to quickly and succinctly provide our perspective on the pressing technology matters of the day.  We do not want this to be a one-way conversation. We want to create a transparent dialogue with readers and stakeholders. We want to enhance our participation in discussions that propel policy-making at local, national and international levels.

In the weeks and months ahead we’ll pay particular attention to the next wave in the computing revolution and its potential to use the power of software and the Internet in new ways to enhance choice for consumers, businesses and governments.  We’ll share our thoughts on how this computing revolution can accelerate economic growth by enabling companies and individuals to increase productivity, collaboration and job creation.  And we’ll outline the policy framework that we believe will give this next wave of computing the greatest chance of success.

Given that the economy and job creation are foremost in everyone’s minds right now, it’s fitting that our first post is on workforce development and skills training, from our Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Pamela Passman. As Pamela explains, we believe it is critically important to empower workers with the skills necessary to thrive in our increasingly tech-centric society.   We’ve seen the impact that job training can have on the lives of countless individuals through our efforts with community-based training efforts around the world, and we believe that workforce development should be a major component of the economic stimulus package passed by the new U.S. Congress.

We look forward to hearing your feedback, and we encourage you to share your thoughts on this blog.

Comments (8)

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea ! Suddenly Microsoft seems to be in a mood to talk and talk. 🙂 Look forward to some great conversation.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm an avid fan of every initiative MS takes and have been talking with my buddies about how good MS windows and all..  Now, this blog is a great idea to interact with Users.  Idea of two way conversation is awesome.  

  3. Anonymous says:

    Welcome to the conversation!  We look forward to seeing this blog evolve into an open and honest dialogue on technology policy issues in the future.      Good Luck!    -mdb

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love to see this in place. An open forum to exchange valuable thoughts on IT Legal and Public Policy issues.    All the best!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Workforce Development & Skills Training… is that like the MCSE training you were doing in high schools, years ago, so kids could graduate from high school and go right to work in an 8/hr job? hmmm. I thought that was MacDonalds. I think you are just realizing that India has gotten too expensive now what with it costs $35/hr for a QA 'tester' and we DO know that those indian testers cannot test their way out of a wet paper sack and certainly cannot write a LEGIBLE or logical test case. Also, they will quit to take a job for a nickel more per hr at a competitors. Why didn't you ever build up teams in Makati City, PH instead of India?? You want down a street in India and you hear Hindi, you want down a street in Manila and you hear ENGLISH. Not impressed, Microsoft, with your baloney. Been in the IT industry 14 years longer than Gates. Know you aren't ethical.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Excellent beginning, and I look forward to seeing what you have to say on the many legal issues facing this industry.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have learn that legality is a big issue in some countries but here in the Philippines, there are many company using un registered software.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft, get with the program.  I have used Windows 7 for a couple of weeks.  I averaged 3 blue screens per hour.  This was the base 7 install with no additional software installed.  A new build PC.  I removed 7 from the PC and installed Ubuntu 8.10.  There  have been no system halts, no failures of any kind.    I am not a Linux fanboy.  There is a Mac, 3 xp machines and now 2 Linux machines in my collection.  Xp works, Linux works, and the Mac works.  Windows 7 does not.    It was sad how poorly 7 worked.