Microsoft has won a contract which could be worth US$21.88 billion (A$28.58 billion) with the US Army to supply 120,000 custom HoloLens augmented reality headsets that will help soldiers who are at war.
Google has taken a swing at Microsoft over its statements on the recent media stoushes, accusing the Redmond behemoth of "making self-serving claims", and being "willing to break the way the open web works in an effort to undercut a rival.
Comments made by Microsoft president Brad Smith to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which held a hearing on the SolarWinds attacks last week, claiming that there is more security in the cloud than in on-premises servers, have met a tough response from former NSA hacker Jake Williams, who characterised them as having caused more harm to security than the SolarWinds attackers did in the first place.
ANALYSIS The assertion by Microsoft President Brad Smith during a 60 Minutes interview with CBS on Sunday that the supply chain attack revealed by security firm FireEye in December was "the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen" has once again raised the question of the extent to which Microsoft was involved in this attack.
Microsoft would support the implementation of a law similar to the Australian news media code in other countries, including the US, the company's president, Brad Smith, says.
Microsoft president Brad Smith has called for the barrage of cyber attacks on democracies — not other countries which also face the same issue — to be called out and stopped.
An American executive order on H-1B visas will only hit US firms badly, as it will prevent intra-company transfers by Indians who are working for American banks, automobile companies and pharmaceutical firms, the head of Tata Consultancy Services, India's biggest outsourcing company, has warned.
The US has suspended the issue of green cards and new H-1B visas in a move that has been slammed by the IT industry, a sector that depends on H-1B holders to carry out a sizeable amount of work.
Software giant Microsoft has paid US$25 million to the US Government to settle investigations into bribery by its Hungarian operations, with the company entering into a non-prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice and a cease-and-desist order with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Microsoft employees have written to the company's chief executive Satya Nadella and president Brad Smith demanding that they cancel a $479 million deal with the US Army for an Integrated Visual Augmentation System.
Microsoft has justified its bidding for a massive Department of Defence cloud contract, despite a number of its employees objecting to the company's participating in the effort to win the contract which is said to be worth US$10 billion over a decade.
Microsoft has called on the US government to regulate the use of facial recognition by creating a bipartisan expert commission that would look at the issues involved and suggest the best way forward.
Changes in visa rules introduced by the Trump administration may force Microsoft to move some jobs out of the US, the president and chief legal officer of the company, Brad Smith, has warned.
Ninety-seven open-source developers have threatened to move their projects from the source code repository GitHub, which is now owned by Microsoft, unless the software behemoth ends its contract with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Both Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella and president Brad Smith have responded to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement separating migrant children from their parents at the Mexico-US border by issuing strong statements against the practice.
Thirty-four companies, led by Microsoft, have joined a Cyber Security Tech Accord which commits them to, among other things, refusing to join cyber attacks by nation-states against innocent citizens and businesses no matter where they are located.
Microsoft will expand its campus in Redmond beginning next year, with the addition of 18 new buildings, 6.7 million square feet of renovated workspace and US$150 million of transportation infrastructure improvements.
Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith has slammed the NSA and CIA for creating exploits for the Windows operating system and stockpiling them, claiming that this has led to an unintended link between nation states and organised criminal action.
Microsoft is suing the US Government to protect its user’s privacy. This high-profile suit puts it in the driver’s seat as the plaintiff – not the defendant as was the case with FBI and Apple.
Tech giant Microsoft has made sweeping changes to its privacy policies, declaring it won't read users' personal emails without their consent.
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