Lightning in the Cloud: How IT-Based Innovation Will Enable the Smart Grid

Editor’s note:This is a guest post from Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. Last week, the Obama Administration released a report entitled “A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future.” The report lays out policy recommendations to extend existing efforts to develop the smart grid…

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An Earth Day Perspective: Unlocking Energy Savings with Cloud Computing

Posted by Rob BernardChief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft In the 40 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, the annual event has become a time not only for individuals, but also for companies, government agencies and organizations of all sizes to affirm their environmental commitments. At Microsoft, our environmental efforts occur 365 days…

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Software Piracy: The Risks are Greater than Ever

Posted by David FinnAssociate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-piracy and Anti-counterfeiting, Microsoft Software counterfeiting and piracy is a global problem that no single entity solves alone.  From countries trying to spark their economies to businesses trying to protect their assets to consumers eager to use software free from the risks of counterfeits, we all have a…

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IT Employment and Innovation Fostering Recovery

Posted by Pamela PassmanCorporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs While employment in the overall U.S. economy shrank from 2008 to 2009, the number of jobs in the IT sector held steady, according to data released Tuesday by the U. S. Census Bureau.  This finding supports the results of earlier studies that demonstrated how IT employment,…

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Microsoft Helps Create the UNESCO KINL (Knowledge and Innovations Network for Literacy) Portal

Posted by Owen LinderholmDirector, Microsoft on the Issues The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that in conjunction with International Literacy Day it is launching a new portal for supporting and promoting literacy efforts globally. Microsoft shares the global concern with literacy – both for children and adults. It is estimated…


Technology at the Margins – Social Innovators and Innovations

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Global Community Affairs Can technology be used to create positive social change, and if so, how? This was the focus of a talk I gave recently to a class on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia University. The class discussion was very illuminating and…


White House CIO Vivek Kundra Helps Showcase Windows Azure

Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President, Microsoft Federal When it comes to cloud computing, federal customers have a lot to consider and new business options to explore nearly every day.  And while “the cloud” is still in its infancy, today, I’m excited to extend our cloud announcements coming out of Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC09) in L.A., to the…


Partnering With Customers – and Competitors – on Green IT

Posted by Steve Lippman Director, Environmental Engagement Strategy As part of our capacity-building efforts with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profits, Microsoft recently partnered with TechSoup Global to present a set of webinars with green technology guidance specifically tailored to small and large NGOs. These webinars are one small part of a larger proactive campaign to help all our customers—large and small businesses, government agencies and…


White Spaces: Delivering Broadband to America

Posted by Paula Boyd Regulatory Counsel Earlier today we were pleased to join Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia, Spectrum Bridge, Dell and the TDF Foundation to mark the launch of a network that leverages vacant channels in the TV broadcasting band (the so-called “TV white spaces”) to provide broadband Internet access to the residents of Claudville, Virginia.  We commend Rep. Boucher for…


Empowering Families in the Digital Age

  Posted by Steve Crown Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Entertainment & Devices I recently spent time in Washington, D.C., meeting with leading child safety experts who focus on addressing technology’s impact on kids. I was eager to gain new insights as we build out our Get Game Smartpublic education initiative, which we launched in January. I also wanted…