August 21, 2014
#MSFTCOSO POV: Making the world safer one hack at a time

Our project, called “Safer kids. Saner parents.,” welcomed 41 practical strangers to brainstorm and deliver a functioning “dashboard” to help parents learn about and manage their kids’ online activities across our three screens: the PC/laptop/tablet, the game console and the mobile phone.

August 19, 2014
Use these tools to check your online reputation before heading back to school

A growing number of college recruiters and employers check social networking sites as a way to help assess potential candidates. But only a small percentage of respondents in a global Microsoft survey said they take some key steps to help manage their online reputation, such as editing or deleting information, writes Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer.

July 31, 2014
Microsoft responds to warrant case ruling

Read Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith’s response to a federal court ruling in New York on Thursday in the company’s ongoing case challenging a U.S. government warrant for customer data stored in Dublin, Ireland.

July 28, 2014
Microsoft Software & Systems Academy expands to Camp Pendleton, Fort Hood

On Monday, Microsoft announced it has expanded a software development and training program for U.S. active duty service members transitioning out of the service. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, launched in 2013 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, is now operating at Camp Pendleton in California and Fort Hood in Texas.

June 24, 2014
Singapore’s regulatory framework for TV white spaces leads the way

On Monday, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority announced a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands known as TV white spaces. Microsoft, as a founding member of the Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group and through its other TV white spaces pilot programs around the world, is excited to see the Singapore authority “at the forefront of this issue on the global stage.”

June 20, 2014
Microsoft voices support for SCOTUS decision on software patents

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the Alice v. CLS Bank, reaffirming that abstract ideas are not eligible for patent protection. “We applaud the Court for its ruling, and in particular their recognition that the patents in question are not software patents. The Alice claims describe a method for reducing risk in financial transactions, with no connection to any technological innovation,” wrote Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel and corporate vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, in a blog post Friday.