TV White Spaces Spectrum: An Update from Singapore

Posted by Paul MitchellSenior Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Earlier this year, the Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group (SWSPG) launched a significant pilot of wireless broadband using TV White Spaces (TVWS). As part of the momentum of this pilot, the SWSPG convened a one day workshop in Singapore on Oct. 10 that brought together technology…

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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…


Microsoft’s Support for Industry Standards

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards Group & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft posted a statement concerning our commitment to industry standards. The statement sets forth Microsoft’s long-standing approach to patents that are essential to industry standards: we license them to other firms. We don’t seek to block other…

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Through the WS-I, We Built a Solid Foundation for Achieving, Extending Interoperability

Posted by Paul Cotton Partner Group Manager   Roughly 10 years ago, a handful of hardware and software vendors met to discuss the concept of Web services interoperability. Outside of e-mail, the internet had yet to be adopted into mainstream use, but the industry recognized its potential as a vehicle for relaying data between different…

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Helping people protect their Hotmail accounts

Posted by Walter Harp Director of Product Management, Windows Live Over the past few months, Windows Live has announced several new security features that will provide additional account protection for people on Hotmail, including Single Use Codes, Full Session SSL, SMS-based account recovery, and Trusted Senders – this all in addition to our SmartScreen safety…

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An Important Week for Technology Standards in the Nation’s Capitol

Posted by Craig ShankGeneral Manager, Interoperability  On Wednesday night,  U.S. Chief Technology Officer  Aneesh Chopra announced the creation of an interagency Subcommittee on Standards to provide leadership on critical standards-related issues.  The Subcommittee will be co-chaired by Patrick Gallagher, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Philip Weiser, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International, Policy…


Government and Industry Discuss the Future of Technical Standards

Posted by Craig Shank General Manager, Interoperability I had the privilege today to represent Microsoft before aHouse Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation hearingon technical standards and the future of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The computing experience is undergoing a rapid transformation as consumers and businesses harness computing power in the cloud. New businesses…


Realizing the “Buy Once, Play Anywhere” Vision for Digital Media

Posted by Paul Mitchell General Manager of Policy & Standards, Entertainment & Devices Division Paul Mitchell The recent International Consumer Electronics Show was a showcase for how the media industry today is being completely transformed by new digital production technology and hybrid distribution models. Consumers now have many new ways to access video using the Internet –…


Interoperability: The Other Side of Our Settlement with the European Commission

  Posted by Dave HeinerVice President and Deputy General Counsel On Wednesday the European Commission announced its decision to approve a resolution of its long-running competition law inquiry concerning Microsoft.  Commissioner Kroes remarked that the decision has the potential to herald a “new, more positive” era in Microsoft’s relationship with the Commission.  We are obviously very pleased to…


New Framework for Technology Collaboration

  Posted by David Rudin Senior Attorney Here’s good news for everyone who appreciates technologies that play well with others: The independent Open Web Foundation has announced a new legal framework agreement that communities of Web developers can use in collaborating on new technology specifications. This agreement was hammered out with support from Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, Google and others. It will…