Microsoft CTO for US Education Cameron Evans: Five bold steps for rebooting schools

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Cameron Evans, Microsoft chief technology officer for U.S. Education, has an opinion piece in the latest edition of Education Week. In the piece, he discusses five bold steps for personalizing student learning and better preparing future workforces for success. Two passages sum up Evans’ case: After years…

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Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign enhanced to raise next billion for nonprofits

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Last year, Microsoft marked a significant moment for the Employee Giving Program. It was the 30th Employee Giving Campaign and the company reached a milestone of $1 billion raised for more than 31,000 nonprofits over those three decades (inclusive of corporate match). However – as Microsoft Chief…

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New cybersecurity report details risk of running unsupported software

Posted by Tim RainsDirector, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft On Tuesday, Trustworthy Computing released volume 15 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which provides threat intelligence and analysis of cyber threats in over 100 countries/regions worldwide. Among the numerous key findings in the new report, one of the more interesting things to surface was the increased risk…

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Microsoft announces new agreements in support of African startups

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Thursday at DEMO Africa, Microsoft announced a new commitment to support startups under the 4Afrika banner by entering into cooperation agreements with innovation hubs CcHub in Nigeria, DTBi in Tanzania and AfriLabs – a pan-African hub network spanning Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria,…

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Making the UN Guiding Principles real for corporate lawyers

The following is a guest post from John G. Ruggie, Chair of Shift, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, and Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. Several thousand lawyers, in formal business attire and carrying briefcases, descended upon Boston’s Copley Square for…

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Widening our ‘Gateway to the Pacific’

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft With 40 percent of all jobs in Washington state tied to trade, the Seattle region has long been described as “A Gateway to the Pacific.” That idea was at the forefront of conversation as business, civic and government leaders gathered last…

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Microsoft supports USPTO’s continued efforts to improve patent system

Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday in California, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is holding its Software Partnership meeting to discuss ways to clarify the language of software patents, similar to what we and others have recommended. Standard terms and glossaries can improve…

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Microsoft, American Psychological Association team up on Skype in the classroom lessons on mental health

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft At the White House Conference on Mental Health earlier this year, President Obama urged Americans to focus on ways we can all work together to increase awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma often associated with seeking mental health care. In response to the White…

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Microsoft announces new Student Advantage program to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs

Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft I’m thrilled to announce a new benefit designed to empower students worldwide with the technological skills they need to compete in today’s (and tomorrow’s) workforce: it’s called Student Advantage. Beginning Dec. 1, any academic institution that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide Office 365 ProPlus…

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IDC study reveals skills today’s students need to succeed in tomorrow’s unimagined world

Posted by Cameron EvansU.S. Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Education On Tuesday, Microsoft released findings from an IDC study we commissioned to gain a better understanding of how we can contribute towards well-prepared students. The study identifies the skills and competencies that will be highly valued by employers now and through the year 2020. I often…

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