Microsoft to introduce features to protect Windows Phone users

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Over recent months, Microsoft has been working with others in the wireless industry to develop voluntary principles for implementing more robust theft-deterrent technologies in smartphones. As a result of this work, Microsoft signed on to CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment in April, and today we are…

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The limits of Google’s openness

Posted by David HowardCorporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust, Microsoft You may be wondering what happened to the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Last May, after we launched a much improved app on our platform, Google objected on a number of grounds. We took our app down and agreed to work…

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The FTC and Google: A Missed Opportunity

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft The FTC took steps today to address some of Google’s improper business practices. We find it troubling that the agency did not adhere to its own standard procedures that call for the agency to obtain industry input on proposed relief and secure it through an…


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…


Our Licensing Deal with Samsung: How IP Drives Innovation and Collaboration

Posted by Brad Smith & Horacio GutierrezGeneral Counsel & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Samsung that will provide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets. The agreement also gives both companies greater patent coverage relating to each other’s technologies, and opens the door to…

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Microsoft Shares Source Code for Wi-Fi Data Collection Software

Posted by Reid KuhnPartner Group Program Manager, Windows Phone Engineering Team, Microsoft There continues to be a high level of public interest in how and why companies collect Wi-Fi access point information. Windows Phone division president Andy Lees recently talked about the privacy principles that were used in designing location-based services on Windows Phone 7….