Hiring America’s Heroes: Microsoft testifies on helping veterans transition to civilian careers

Posted by Bill KamelaPolicy Counsel, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft On Tuesday, Microsoft will present testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives committee highlighting best practices in hiring and retaining veterans in private sector jobs. Sean Kelley, senior staffing director, Cloud and Enterprise Group & Military Recruiting at Microsoft, will join representatives from Walmart, JP Morgan…

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Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testifies before Congress on the state of computer science education

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S. The hearing, titled “Our Nation of Builders:  Training the…

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'Fix the Debt' Campaign Visits Microsoft

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues More than 700 employees attended a town hall meeting today with Erskine Bowles, co-founder of The Campaign to Fix the Debt, to discuss the threats posed to our economy by the national debt. The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement to put America on…

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Microsoft Lends Its Voice to ‘Fix the Debt’ Movement

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft The national debt is one of the most serious fiscal issues facing the United States today. It threatens to undermine our nation’s economic growth and competitiveness. The challenge is real and immediate, and it is essential that we come together as…


Microsoft-hosted Congressional Debate Previews November Election

Posted by Mike EganDirector of Government Affairs, Microsoft Yesterday, Microsoft Political Action Committee partnered with CityClub of Seattle to host a public debate on our Redmond campus among the candidates running for the 1st Congressional District seat in Washington. Because the district is home both to Microsoft’s headquarters and to many of our employees, we…


Annual H-1B Cap Reached, Depriving the U.S. Economy of Vital Talent

Posted by Karen JonesVice President & Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal, Microsoft Yesterday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it had reached the statutory cap for H-1B specialty occupation petitions for fiscal year 2013, giving us a stark reminder of the continuing obstacles created by our country’s current framework for high skilled immigration. This…


Keeping Top Talent for Our Economy

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft This has been an important week for immigration reform efforts in Congress. Reflecting the rising recognition that our country wins when we invite the world’s best minds into the American community, two important new bills were introduced in the Senate. These…


Microsoft Testifies Before Senate Committee on the Future of Video

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft Media and Entertainment Group Corporate Vice President Blair Westlake testified before the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday regarding the future of video. The hearing was titled “The Emergence of Online Video: Is It the Future?” [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xdvSGjZxRI&feature=youtu.be] In his testimony, Blair discussed how online video providers are bringing…

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Microsoft Testifies on U.S. Senate Cybersecurity Legislation

Posted by Paul NicholasSenior Director, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Last week, Scott Charney testified at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. The hearing was about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which is Congress’s first comprehensive legislation aimed at improving cybersecurity across the United States. His full testimony is available here….

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Unlicensed TV Band Spectrum: Creating a Nimble Framework for Our Economic Future

Posted by Dan ReedCorporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft All of us have experienced the “spectrum crunch” when using our wireless devices. Dropped voice calls and slow data transfers are symptoms. The crunch is a consequence of both rising demand and spectrum management techniques and wireless radio technologies dating back almost one hundred years….

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