A Great First Step: The Gartner Cloud Computing Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Posted by Ted MacLeanGeneral Manager, Open Solutions Group Ted MacLean Last week, I took part in a Gartner Symposium panel discussion about rights and responsibilities of cloud computing customers, a panel that mirrored the analyst firm’s recently published report developed with their Gartner Global IT Council. It was a great discussion about IT governance and…

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Government Leaders Celebrate Imagine Cup Successes

More and more government officials are recognizing that, for their country or region to thrive, they need to foster local innovation.  And to do so, they are increasingly looking to students – especially those studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – as the key to success.   Over the past 4 months, Imagine Cup students…

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Shout from Cape Town: Microsoft Announces Global Technology Program for Teachers and Students to Address Environmental Issues

Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President for Worldwide Education Sawubona! This week I’m in Cape Town, South Africa and lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most innovative education leaders, teachers and administrators in the world. We’re all gathered here for the sixth annual Worldwide Innovation Education Forum (IEF), the first time for…

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New Paradigms for Scientific Discovery and Research Funding

Posted by Dan ReedCorporate Vice President, eXtreme Computing Group and Technology Strategy & Policy Throughout the history of science, back to the days of the Renaissance, data has been scarce and precious.  But today, riding the same technological economics that have given us inexpensive computing and ubiquitous sensors, scientists have the ability to capture data…

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Organizational Accountability is Key to Protecting Users’ Privacy

Posted by Peter CullenChief Privacy Strategist This week, more than 400 policymakers, privacy advocates and industry representatives will be converging in Israel for the 32nd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. The conference has commenced this morning in Jerusalem, a city of both ancient traditions and thoroughly modern influences, and I was reminded…

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Responding to Shareholder Input on Executive Relocation Policy

Posted by John SeethoffVice President and Deputy General Counsel I’ve blogged in the past that we believe effective corporate governance should include regular, constructive conversations with shareholders and other stakeholders.  We have put this into practice by actively listening to our shareholders and seeking input several times each year. Shareholders regularly communicate with our board…

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Microsoft Signs ABA’s Disability Diversity Pledge for Change

Posted by Mary SnappCorporate Vice President and Deputy General CounselExecutive Sponsor for LCA Diversity and Inclusion Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs department is very pleased to announce that it has signed the American Bar Association’s “Pledge for Change:  Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession. “  As a signatory to the Pledge, Microsoft affirms its commitment…

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Making Washington State the Best Place to Live, Work and Raise a Family

By Brad SmithSenior Vice President and General Counsel Today I had the opportunity to speak at the annual regional leadership conference sponsored by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.  Although the name might suggest that this is just about business issues, in fact the conference attendance extended far beyond the leadership of the business community. …

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Microsoft Donates $3 Million to Kids in Need of Legal Defense

Posted by Brad SmithSenior Vice President and General Counsel Microsoft is very pleased to announce another $3 million, three-year donation to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), just two years after we helped establish the organization with a similar investment. KIND is a pro bono organization dedicated to providing legal representation to the roughly 8,000…


Working with Law Enforcement on the Cutting Edge of Cloud Security and Online Safety

Posted by Richard BoscovichSr. Attorney, Digital Crimes Unit Eighteen years ago, when I first joined the Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in the southern district of Florida, the concept of cybercrime wasn’t on anyone’s radar. People might have heard the term “hacker,” but with the Internet still in its infancy, the idea…

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