The Importance of Search Result Location

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Susan Athey, a Professor of Economics at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a long-time Microsoft consultant. Search engines are a technological marvel: In milliseconds, they can bring order to the vastness of the Internet. In fact, it’s estimated that about two billion people turn…

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The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 10th Edition

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on a new Pew Center study focused on mobile app privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to measure mobile broadband speeds and more. Pew Center study: app users are worried about privacy. A study released…

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Privacy for Today’s Technology: Putting People First

Posted by Brad SmithExecutive Vice President & General Counsel, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft One of the most important policy discussions emerging this year is the effort to update privacy laws in Europe and the United States. This is welcome news. Key laws governing privacy and security on both sides of the Atlantic have not…

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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…


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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Safer Internet Day: It’s More than a Game, it’s Your Life

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications – Privacy & Online Safety  Today is international Safer Internet Day (SID), an annual event dedicated to promoting responsible use of the Internet and mobile technology, particularly among children and youth. Organized each year by Brussels-based Insafe and co-founded by the European Union, February 8, 2011, marks the…

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Microsoft Welcomes the “Digital Agenda for Europe”

  Posted by John Vassallo Vice President EU Legal and Corporate Affairs (Cross posted from microsoft.eu) Microsoft welcomes the “Digital Agenda for Europe,” announced earlier this week by European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, as a bold roadmap for action. We share the Commission’s view that technology is an enabler for economic growth, job creation, sustainability and…


Revising the EU Data Protection Directive

Posted by Thomas Myrup Kristensen Senior EU Policy Director (Cross posted from Microsoft.eu) Late last month, European Union Commissioner Viviane Reding re-stated her desire to reform and modernize the EU’s Data Protection Framework Directive (95/46/EC). She noted that the Commission is currently analyzing the over 160 responses to the public consultation and that the proposal to reform the…


UPDATE: The Browser Choice Screen for Europe

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues The European Commission issued a statement this morning welcoming Microsoft’s rollout of a browser choice screen for Windows PC users in Europe who have Internet Explorer as their default browser.  “Giving consumers the possibility to switch or try a browser other than that included in Windows will bring more competition…


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…