The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It

Posted by Dave Heiner  Vice President and Deputy General Counsel   (If you would like more information about the browser choice screen on your computer, or if you have a technical issue with the update, the Windows team has prepared a page you may find useful entitled, What is the Browser Choice update? )     Over the…


Working to Fulfill our Legal Obligations in Europe for Windows 7

UPDATE: June 11, 2009 – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel [Update to my original post earlier today below – I’ve added more historical context for readers who might be new to the issue – D.H.] Earlier today CNET reported that Microsoft had sent a memo to computer manufacturers and retailers about our…


Windows 7 and Browser Choice in Europe

Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel    A week ago the European Commission said it welcomed our proposal to provide Windows users a “consumer ballot screen” to select the Web browser of their choice to surf the Internet. We believe this approach addresses the Commission’s previously stated competition law concerns regarding our inclusion of Microsoft’s…


Android Patent Infringement: Licensing is the Solution

Posted by Horacio GutierrezCorporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel As you may have seen, Microsoft today filed legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Inc., Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., and Inventec Corporation in both the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Today’s actions focus on the…


Adding our Voice to Concerns about Search in Europe

Posted by Brad SmithSenior Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law.  We thought it important to be transparent and provide some information on what we’re doing and why. At the…

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Microsoft sues Motorola over Android patent infringements

Posted by Horacio GutierrezCorporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel As many of you may have seen, Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones.  We have released…

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Microsoft’s New Patent Agreement with Compal: A New Milestone for Our Android Licensing Program

Posted by Brad Smith and Horacio GutierrezExecutive Vice President and General Counsel & Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced its tenth license agreement providing coverage under our patent portfolio for Android mobile phones and tablets. Today’s agreement is with Compal, one of the world’s largest Original Design Manufacturers, or ODMs….


The Need for Global Collective Defense on the Internet

Posted by Scott CharneyCorporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing For more than two decades, people have struggled to understand the cyber threat, evaluate the risks to individuals, organizations (including nation-states), and society at large, and craft appropriate responses. Although many organizations have invested significantly in information assurance, most computer security experts believe that a well-resourced and persistent…

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Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola is attempting to block sales of Windows PCs, our Xbox game console and other…


Still Seeking Resolution to Search Competition Issues

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Two years ago, Microsoft applauded the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission when they opened their antitrust investigations into Google’s business practices. We believed then, as we do now, that the future of competition in search is at stake in these investigations. This…