Responding to Shareholder Concerns on Executive Compensation

Posted by J. Ritchie Corporate Vice President of Compensation, Benefits, and Performance Management Microsoft has long believed that effective corporate governance should include regular, constructive conversations with our shareholders and other stakeholders.  This ongoing dialogue has led to many positive changes in our corporate governance framework, such as our decision to hold an advisory vote on executive compensation…


Using Mobile Technology to Extend Health Care’s Reach

  Posted by Kristin Tolle Director, External Research and Programs At Microsoft Research we believe there are abundant opportunities for mobile technologies to improve public health, particularly in underserved communities. In areas short on health care facilities or medical staff, mobile phones have the reach to help diagnose and treat illness. We believe so strongly in this…


Changing the World and the Changing Role of Business

  Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President Pamela Passman With the launch of Windows 7 last week, Microsoft also launched a contest,7 Ways to Change the World,  which aims to find and fund innovative ways for technology to achieve social change. The seven people who submit the best ideas will each win a PC running Windows…


Let’s Get Behind Online Citizenship Education to Tackle Cyberbullying and Harrassment

  Posted by Chuck Cosson Senior Policy Counsel Cyberbullying was in the news again last week as local authorities try to crack down on the problem. At Microsoft, we believe the best way to prevent cyberbullying is through education. We’d like to see it included in Internet safety curricula in schools. Cyberbullying methods may be virtual, but the pain…


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 on our Investor Relations site.   You can also listen to a recording of the…


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 broadband Internet access to the residents of Claudville, Virginia.  We commend Rep. Boucher for…


Bridging the Standardization Divide

Posted by Nasser Kettani Regional Standards Officer, Middle East and Africa This year’s celebration of World Standards Day (October 14) helped draw attention to the role that standards play in creating economic value and advancing innovation, but it also is a moment to reflect on the importance of ensuring that international standards are truly global. Developing countries have long contributed…


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, The Buck Starts Here: GCs should be advocates for good corporate governance. The article urges the business…


The Road to Successful Health Reform

  Posted by Peter Neupert Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group From time to time over the last few months, the Washington Post has asked me to reply to questions posed by the Post’s Health Care Rx blog, which is tracking developments in the health care reform debate on Capitol Hill. This week’s question was a natural:  “The…


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 Smartpublic education initiative, which we launched in January. I also wanted…