Top Microsoft on the Issues Blog Posts of 2010

Posted by Jeff MeisnerSenior Manager, Corporate Blogs The past year saw Microsoft involved in a number of important legal and policy issues across the globe, including intellectual property, competition, Internet security, child safety on the Web and the tragic events in Haiti. I’d like to take you on a tour of the 10 blog posts…


Investment in Federal Research Enables Innovation

Posted by Elizabeth L. GrossmanTechnology Strategy & Policy Why do governments and companies fund research?  There are many reasons — one is to discover new things, to restock the cache of ideas and insights that feed innovation and job creation. Another is to educate and maintain a pool of talent that is skilled in critical…


Microsoft Supports Commerce Department’s Call for More Online Privacy Protection

Posted by Brad SmithSenior Vice President and General Counsel Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released a “Green Paper” that outlines the department’s position on a number of timely privacy issues. Microsoft supports the framework contained in the Green Paper and commends the agency for its focus on ways to ensure consumers’ private data is…


Celebrating Patent Achievements in 2010

Posted by Bart EppenauerChief Patent Counsel There is little doubt that 2010 will go down in history as a significant year for creativity and invention at Microsoft. We’ve released numerous compelling offerings this year, including Office 2010, Windows Phone 7, Kinect, cloud computing solutions such as Windows Azure and Office 365 and ongoing enhancements to…


Making e-Government Work Better

Posted by Ron ZinkChief Operating Officer, European Union Affairs This week has seen the launch of several initiatives by the European Commission to improve e-Government services for European citizens, including an overall action plan and a new Framework to make these services work better. For more detail, read the full blog post on Microsoft Europe.


Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith Delivers Commencement Speech at WSU

Today, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, gave the commencement speech for winter graduation at Washington State University.  Brad spoke about the importance of seizing every opportunity by fully committing yourself to your endeavors, how innovation and new ideas are the catalyst to move not only the state…


Microsoft Adds New Defendant in Click Laundering Lawsuit

Posted by Bill HarmonAssociate General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit As you may recall, earlier this year Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington naming RedOrbit Inc. and its president, Eric Ralls, in a case in which we believe they defrauded Microsoft’s ad platform…

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Online Privacy & Balance – Our Perspective

Posted by Peter Cullen Chief Privacy Strategist Any discussion of online privacy today can quickly become polarized and shed more heat than light. It is clear that privacy remains a key topic and also clear the discussion centers on finding the right balance of investments by both companies and the advertising industry that will provide…


Digital Transformation: Principles for Effective E-Government

By Craig ShankGeneral Manager, Interoperability Group In a Brussels speech last week, Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, said: “We are now living through a permanent digital revolution. This long and peaceful revolution is changing how we organize our lives. Powerful computing platforms are creating new markets and we are…


Microsoft Announces Immediate Availability of Unilateral Software License for Eligible Organizations

By Nancy Anderson, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Sales Group Microsoft is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a unilateral software license for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and small, independent media operating in the following 12 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. This unilateral…