New Framework for Technology Collaboration

  Posted by David Rudin Senior Attorney Here’s good news for everyone who appreciates technologies that play well with others: The independent Open Web Foundation has announced a new legal framework agreement that communities of Web developers can use in collaborating on new technology specifications. This agreement was hammered out with support from Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, Google and others. It will…


“The World’s Most Notorious Illegal Spammer” Goes to Jail

UPDATE: November 24, 2009 – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Posted by Tim Cranton Associate General Counsel The Justice Department’s prosecution of Alan Ralsky, the self-proclaimed “Godfather of Spam,” was brought to a successful conclusion yesterday when U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani sentenced Ralsky to 51 months in prison for conspiring to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and…


Partnering with the White House on “Educate to Innovate”

  Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Pamela Passman, Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Today, President Obama is announcing “Educate to Innovate,” a national initiative aimed at inspiring students to develop the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills that will help them become the problem solvers of tomorrow. The future of our nation’s…


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 resources they need to provide no-cost or low-cost technology skills training to job seekers. North…


Partnering to Enable European Citizens to Monitor Climate Change

Posted by John Vassallo Vice President, EU Affairs Earlier this week Microsoft joined with the European Environment Agency to launch a compelling example of how Microsoft’s cloud computing technology can be a real ‘change maker’ in the fight against climate change. As part of our on-going partnership with the EEA to combine cutting-edge technology and environmental data, we have…


Microsoft Shareholders Vote on “Say-on-Pay,” Other Measures

Posted by John SeethoffVice 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 practices. As we shared in September, our Board approved a policy that enables Microsoft shareholders to cast…


Forum Highlights Innovations in Education

  Posted by L. Michael Golden Corporate Vice President, Education Michael Golden (left) and Michel Levy, general manager, Microsoft Brazil (right), present Bahia Governor Jaques Wagner with a copy of Windows 7 at the fifth annual WIEF. The TV hero MacGyver could learn a thing or two from the real heroes I met earlier this month in…


Helping to Secure Family-Wage Jobs for Our Returning Military Heroes

  Posted by Lutz Ziob General Manager, Microsoft Learning Lutz Ziob, General Manager, Microsoft Learning Given the current state of our economy, securing and retaining family-wage jobs is of upmost importance to most Americans. Today, I was fortunate to represent Microsoft at aSenate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing that focused on the critically important issue of the employment needs…


White House CIO Vivek Kundra Helps Showcase Windows Azure

Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President, Microsoft Federal When it comes to cloud computing, federal customers have a lot to consider and new business options to explore nearly every day.  And while “the cloud” is still in its infancy, today, I’m excited to extend our cloud announcements coming out of Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC09) in L.A., to the…


Partnering With Customers – and Competitors – on Green IT

Posted by Steve Lippman Director, Environmental Engagement Strategy As part of our capacity-building efforts with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profits, Microsoft recently partnered with TechSoup Global to present a set of webinars with green technology guidance specifically tailored to small and large NGOs. These webinars are one small part of a larger proactive campaign to help all our customers—large and small businesses, government agencies and…