We’re listening: Additional steps to protect your privacy

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Last Thursday, news coverage focused on a case in 2012 in which our investigators accessed the Hotmail content of a user who was trafficking in stolen Microsoft source code. Over the past week, we’ve had the opportunity to reflect further on…

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Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic convene ‘A New America’ town hall focused on Millennials and entrepreneurism

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Tuesday, Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic presented the second in their series of traveling town halls exploring the issues and challenges facing the next generation at The University of Texas at Austin. With its open and collaborative business climate, Austin has been transformed into a hotbed…

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Idaho the latest state to make computer science courses count toward high school graduation requirements

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Continuing the momentum we’ve seen across the country on computer science education, Idaho recently joined a growing number of states that allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. We applaud Idaho for taking this important step, which will help prepare students for…

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Strengthening our policies for investigations

Posted by John FrankDeputy General Counsel & Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft We believe that Outlook and Hotmail email are and should be private. Over the past 24 hours there has been coverage about a particular case, so we want to provide additional context and describe how we are strengthening our policies.  In…

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Studies spotlight adverse impact of immigration reform inaction

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft In two weeks, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will start to accept this year’s applications for H-1B visas. As in previous years, demand is expected to outpace the spaces available and many will not be able to get a visa to work in this country….

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Microsoft on World’s Most Ethical Companies list 4 years in a row

Posted by Dan BrossSenior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft We are proud to be included in the 2014 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, which was released by the Ethisphere Institute on Thursday. Ethical and responsible business practices are the bedrock of our corporate governance practices. These practices are designed to promote the interests of…

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New research forecasts the staggering cost of cybercrime

Posted by David FinnAssociate General Counsel & Executive Director, Microsoft Cybercrime Center A new study released Tuesday reaffirms what we in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit have seen for some time now – cybercrime is a booming business for organized crime groups all over the world. The study, conducted by IDC and the National University of Singapore…

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Microsoft applauds US NTIA’s transition of key Internet domain name functions

Posted by David TennenhouseCorporate Vice President, Microsoft Technology Policy The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s recent announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community is a significant and welcome development.  Unlike the other major international communications networks (e.g., the telephone system and postal…

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Keeping technology safe for our most vulnerable users

Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft On Wednesday in Barcelona, more than 1,100 educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries are gathering to re-imagine and redesign the world of education for the 21st century. As the education world’s best and brightest kick off the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum, they…

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Microsoft’s chief online safety officer reflects on first year in role

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Stephen Balkam, chief executive officer of the Family Online Safety Institute. Some years ago, I wrote a piece proposing that every tech company (and the White House) needed a Chief Online Safety Officer. Microsoft heeded the call. I sat down recently with Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety…

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