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For the second month in a row, Microsoft doled out a hefty batch of fixes for its products on March Patch Tuesday, resolving 115 unique vulnerabilities that center mostly around the Windows OS and its various web browser applications.
Despite the sheer number of flaws to address, administrators do not have to worry about any zero-day exploits or public disclosures this month. The other good news is most of the bugs are clustered in the Windows and browser products. Of the 115 vulnerabilities, 18 are in the browser and 79 are in the Windows OS.
Now that Microsoft packages its patches in a single monthly rollup rather than individual updates, administrators now have a simpler “all or nothing” choice with patch deployment. In the previous servicing model, which Microsoft ended in late 2016, administrators had the flexibility to choose which patches to apply to different systems.
“The cumulative model plugs those gaps effectively, so that’s the positive. There are fewer holes in the average environment because one thing people overlook is most of the exploits that are happening are in software that’s months, if not years old,” said Chris Goettl, director of product management and security at Ivanti, a security and IT management vendor based in South Jordan, Utah.
The monthly rollup contains fixes for security flaws, corrections for web browsers and quality updates. Each monthly rollup supersedes the previous month. The downside to the cumulative model is a faulty patch can disable a system, which makes administrators more likely to hold off on deployment until they can do a thorough test.
“Microsoft’s cumulative model makes it more of an all-or-nothing, especially for the OS. It does force people to update it. The challenge comes into play in those cases where companies have more sensitive environments to patching where they let time be more of an element,” Goettl said.
Aside from the browser and OS vulnerabilities, administrators will want to focus on a critical remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2020-0852) in Microsoft Word which uses the Microsoft Outlook preview pane as the attack vector, Goettl said. In one scenario, an attacker could send a specially crafted document in an email to a user who, if they view the file in the Outlook preview pane, would run code at the security level of that user.
“That [vulnerability is] a piece of low-hanging fruit for a threat actor if they can exploit the preview pane. That makes their job a lot easier,” Goettl said.
Administrators will also want to look at a moderate information disclosure vulnerability (CVE-2020-0765) in the Remote Desktop Connection Manager. There are no fixes for this bug because Microsoft no longer develops this application. Microsoft recommends users switch to a supported Microsoft Remote Desktop client version.
In addition to the March Patch Tuesday updates, administrators should be aware that most of the supported Windows OSes on the client and server side have a servicing stack update. Microsoft does not include these with the monthly rollups and recommends installing servicing stack updates before applying the latest cumulative update.
Administrators of organizations that use on-premises Exchange Server for email and have a lengthy test and deploy for patching might want to pick up the pace if they haven’t installed February’s security updates for the messaging product. Microsoft fixed a remote-code execution bug (CVE-2020-0688) in Exchange Server in its February Patch Tuesday releases, but companies that lag in their patching efforts could find themselves in trouble if a persistent hacker finds a way to get inside their systems to launch an exploit.
On Feb. 25, Simon Zuckerbraun, a security researcher at Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative, posted a blog that offered deeper insights into how the vulnerability worked with an accompanying video that demonstrated how to trigger the exploit.
“Microsoft rated this as Important in severity, likely because an attacker must first authenticate. It should be noted, however, that within an enterprise, most any user would be allowed to authenticate to the Exchange server,” wrote Zuckerbraun. “Similarly, any outside attacker who compromised the device or credentials of any enterprise user would be able to proceed to take over the Exchange server. Having accomplished this, an attacker would be positioned to divulge or falsify corporate email communications at will.”
The same day, another security researcher, Kevin Beaumont — who recently joined Microsoft to work on its Microsoft Threat Protection product — tweeted about Zuckerbraun’s blog and posted updates showing an uptick in threat actors scanning for susceptible internet-facing Exchange servers.
This caught has caught the attention of the U.S. government. Not only did the National Security Agency issue a warning from its Twitter account on March 6 but the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reinforced the importance of patching in a bulletin released on March Patch Tuesday.
“Although Microsoft disclosed the vulnerability and provided software patches for the various affected products in February 2020, advanced persistent threat actors are targeting unpatched servers, according to recent open source reports,” wrote the CISA.
This type of vulnerability and the groundswell of attention it picked up online shows administrators not only need to be technical experts but also social media savants to pick up what’s trending online to steer their patching priorities.
“Knowing things like what’s actively being exploited and keeping more continuous cycle around evaluating and resolving vulnerabilities is definitely more important nowadays,” Goettl said.
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This month, a bipartisan group of legislators in Washington state presented new legislation that could soon become the most comprehensive privacy law in the country. The centerpiece of this legislation, the Washington Privacy Act as substituted, goes further than the landmark bill California recently enacted and builds on the law Europeans have enjoyed for the past year and a half.
As Microsoft President Brad Smith shared in his blog post about our priorities for the state of Washington’s current legislative session, we believe it is important to enact strong data privacy protections to demonstrate our state’s leadership on what we believe will be one of the defining issues of our generation. People will only trust technology if they know their data is private and under their control, and new laws like these will help provide that assurance. We’re encouraged that privacy legislation in Washington has been welcomed by privacy advocates such as Consumer Reports and the Future of Privacy Forum.
To date, the U.S. has taken the approach of enacting privacy law in just a few key areas, such as financial services, children and some health data. However, on average, people today produce 25 times the online data they did in 2010, and this data no longer just records our medical checkups or banking activities but just about every aspect of our lives. The Washington Privacy Act addresses these significant gaps by creating comprehensive baseline protections. As the United States Congress continues to work on these safeguards, states such as Washington have the opportunity to move faster and give people the protections they deserve.
Washington came close to passing a good bill last year. As I wrote in April 2019, every year we kick the can down the road is another year we’ll spend searching for the perfect legislation rather than starting to provide people with needed protection, and then building on a strong foundation. And people are overwhelmingly voicing their support for the legislature to take action now. In a Crosscut/Elway poll conducted in December 2019, 84% of Washington respondents supported “strengthening consumer protections for personal data online” and placed privacy above issues such as carbon emissions and rent control.
Why the Washington Privacy Act is strong
The Washington Privacy Act, introduced by Senator Reuven Carlyle, has four core components that we believe are critical in any comprehensive privacy bill.
Corporate responsibility: First, it holds companies responsible for ensuring they only use data for the reason they collect it and with the permission of their customers. If a company collects someone’s phone number for the purpose of two-factor authentication, they shouldn’t then be permitted to use that information for targeted ad or search purposes.
Consumer empowerment: Second, it gives people the ability to control their data by providing rights to access, correct, delete and relocate their data, and to limit a company’s ability to use their data.
Transparency: Third, it requires companies to be clear about their intentions for collecting people’s personal data in a way that is easy to understand.
Strong enforcement: Fourth, it enables the state attorney general to ensure companies comply with the law. The state attorney general can take legal action with penalties up to $7,500 per violation, meaning total penalties for a non-compliant company could – depending on the number of people affected – amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition to attorney general enforcement, the Washington Privacy Act requires companies to be responsive to consumer requests for information about what data of theirs companies have and how that data is used.
This year’s bill has significant improvements over last year’s legislation. For example, it now requires companies to tell people why their data is being collected and to use it only for that purpose, ensures companies only collect the minimum data needed for that purpose, and prohibits companies from using data in new ways that are different and distinct from the reasons they collected the information in the first place.
Prevent a “race to the bottom” with facial recognition
In addition to addressing the four privacy principles, the Washington Privacy Act sets standards for how and when companies can use facial recognition technology. This portion of the bill includes a range of steps to protect people from this largely unregulated technology, and we think four are particularly worth discussing.
Fairness: First, suppliers of facial recognition technology must build their technology so that third-party research organizations can test its accuracy and examine it for bias. When undisclosed problems with the technology are discovered, suppliers must take action.
Consent: Second, the default rule is that people must give permission for companies to add their image to a facial recognition database and this consent must be meaningful, not just a footnote buried in legal jargon.
Notification: Third, in any public place where facial recognition technology is used, companies must post clear notice.
Human Review: Fourth, results of facial recognition must be verified when critical decisions such as mortgage approvals or employment considerations are being made, and humans have to be involved in the decision-making process.
The Washington Legislature will also consider an important proposal to regulate the use of facial recognition by government. A bill proposed by Senator Joe Nguyen contains many of the safeguards the Washington Privacy Act applies to corporate use as well as new rules to be applied to governmental scenarios. For example, the technology can only be used in public places to address serious crimes when a search warrant has been issued or when there’s a genuine emergency such as a terrorist threat or a kidnapped child. Law enforcement must disclose to defendants when facial recognition is being used in a legal case against them.
As Brad Smith has outlined, if we don’t act, we risk waking up five years from now (or even sooner) to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues. By setting boundaries before, during and after deployment of facial recognition, we hope that these regulations offer the public more opportunity to be involved in the decisions regarding the acceptable use of the technology by commercial actors as well as state and local authorities. Neither the Washington Privacy Act nor the Nguyen bill provide all the answers to the challenges that will arise with this technology, but both bills provide strong baseline standards that will give people meaningful protections for the first time. Passing these bills in this session will allow the legislature to focus future sessions on building and improving upon them.
Open public dialogue
We believe advocating for laws like these are good for our customers and important for holding the industry to higher standards than the law does today. Microsoft has been engaged along with dozens of entities including companies, privacy experts, advocacy groups and legislators invited to comment on early draft proposals leading up to this session. We are committed to working with lawmakers and stakeholders to ensure the final bill provides comprehensive privacy protection for all Washingtonians. You can learn more about our efforts from last week’s testimony.
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Analysts reported this month that the global PC market did something in 2019 it had not accomplished in seven years: It grew.
The figures differ as to how much — IDC reported a 2.7% year-over-year growth in global shipments, while Gartner cited a 0.6% increase — but experts agree that the Windows 7 sunset helped to prompt a hardware refresh for the enterprise. Per Gartner, Lenovo, HP and Dell shipped the most PCs in 2019, seeing growth of 8%, 3% and 5%, respectively.
Whether the boost in growth will be a one-year blip is debatable, but there is consensus that, for the enterprise at least, the PC is here to stay.
Linn Huang, research vice president at IDC, attributed the increase to a confluence of factors. Companies found themselves in a unique position of having to migrate to a new OS amid the growing tensions of a trade war with China, where PC components are commonly manufactured.
“For starters, the January 2020 [end of support] of Windows 7 means businesses — large and small alike — [were] either completing or accelerating their Windows 10 migrations,” he said.
Huang also mentioned shortages and tariff issues may have affected the market as well. Intel faced CPU supply issues that eased during the course of 2019 and, in December, President Trump tweeted that “penalty tariffs” would “not be charged,” thanks to a new agreement with China.
Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner, said the shipment boost was not because of any renewed interest in using the PC, but almost solely because of the Windows 7 sunset, which occurred Jan. 14.
Forrester Research analyst Andrew Hewitt acknowledged the effect of the Windows 7 sunset, but said it was only part of the story.
“I also believe that the PC is becoming more important as organizations try to improve employee experience,” he said. “We know from research that if people can’t make progress every day at work, they’re vulnerable to burnout and can contribute to higher attrition. The PC sits at the heart of productivity, so organizations see it as an important driver of [employee experience].”
Yev Pusin, director of strategy at data storage firm Backblaze, said the business’ clients — especially on the enterprise side — indeed had a need for something that could contribute more to productivity than a smartphone or tablet.
“I think a lot more folks … realized that, for the multi-tasking and flexibility they want, they need an actual computer — a Mac or PC,” he said.
Kitagawa expects to see shipments dip in 2020 and 2021 due to a weak consumer market, as the smartphone has largely subsumed the PC’s role in daily life. Smartphones have made inroads in the enterprise as well, especially among younger workers.
“People used to carry a laptop or tablet to do work. Now, smartphone screens are bigger, so they are able to handle some tasks as well,” she said. “On the mentality side, many young people feel their smartphone is their primary work device.”
This is not to say that the PC will be disappearing from the workspace anytime soon.
“It’s not the case that the PC is going away,” Kitagawa said. “The PC is a very important business tool.”
Huang likewise expected a decline of PC sales in the next couple of years but said a shift in the market might accompany that trend.
“Consumers and commercial users alike are demanding better and better with each generation,” he said. “Consequently, we expect to ship fewer PCs [in] 2020 and beyond, but the market will continue to churn toward more premium ends.”
Pusin said he did see a continued appetite for PCs in the future but agreed that customers interested in buying computers might focus on the higher end of performance.
According to Hewitt, the PC will retain its central place in the business world, although the form factor may differ.
“Our research actually shows that 30% of the most important factors for improving employee experience are technology-related, and the PC is a big part of that,” he said.
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Security vendor Sophos this month expanded its endpoint protection lineup with Intercept X for Mobile. The new mobile security application extends the company’s Intercept security software to devices including phones, tablets and laptops.
The new offering is meant to bolster mobile threat defense for devices running on Android, iOS and Chrome. Features include:
“The biggest unique point of the Intercept X model is that we are a security model, and we do security for different platforms and can be configured in one place,” said Petter Nordwall, director of product management at Sophos. “Intercept X, as a whole, can now protect Windows, Mac iOS, Chromebooks and servers. Regardless of what platform they use, they can use Intercept X.”
Sophos introduced Intercept X in 2016 as a cloud-based tool designed to enhance endpoint security already running in an environment. Intercept X for Server was introduced in December 2018; an update launched in May 2019 added endpoint protection and response features.
In “Advance and Improve Your Mobile Security Strategy,” a recent report from Gartner, senior analyst Patrick Hevesi found that “mobile security products are becoming increasingly important as a rate of mobile attacks continues to grow.” Hevesi recommended tech professionals track new threats, build a mobile threat defense strategy and set minimum iOS and hardware versions.
He added that organizations should focus on training users on what threats actually look like, rather than letting the systems do all the work.
“Everyone is doing antiphishing training, but think about the application,” Hevesi said. “The user doesn’t think about mobile in the same way; they see a highly rated app and don’t think about why the app needs permission to my contact data.”
Pricing for Intercept X for Mobile ranges from $24.50 to $63 per 100 seats depending on the addition of Sophos’ mobile, a unified endpoint management system. Intercept X for Mobile is available free for download for individual use, from Google Play and the Apple App Store.
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Forbes says its online audience grew from 15 million users per month in 2012 to 120 million in 2018, a growth spike that ultimately prompted a large-scale move off on-premises systems and into Google Cloud.
The Google Cloud migration now supports all three aspects of Forbes’ business: content, sales and its publishing infrastructure, according to chief digital officer Salah Zalatimo.
“[In 2020], we’re going to be continuing to mature our business model and diversify our revenue,” Zalatimo said. “Google Cloud is about giving us flexibility. We’re going to be able to establish new products and test new features really quickly.”
Forbes used to run its publishing operations on an on-premises, WordPress-based system that was heavily customized, with a front end clunked up by an accumulation of legacy code.
The number of actual people those audience figures represent is likely lower, as Google Analytics defines a user as a browser endpoint. Thus, if an individual read Forbes content both on a phone and a laptop, the user would be counted twice.
Still, the scale involved led to Forbes’ 2018 decision to build a new, custom publishing platform. At that point, the company determined it wanted to make a wholesale push into the cloud centered around one primary provider.
Google won Forbes’ business for several reasons, including pricing, incentives to help its Google cloud migration and a lower-pressure approach to sales, according to Zalatimo. “We didn’t have to make any hard commitments.”
While Forbes has a relationship with Microsoft as an Office 365 shop, it quickly ruled out Azure. “We talked to them, but the pricing was just too high,” he said.
Forbes also met with sales teams at AWS, where it initially hosted the new publishing platform, but ultimately decided that Google provided the most ease of use and the best level of automation for its needs. Forbes moved the publishing platform as part of its Google cloud migration during the first half of 2019.
Forbes has moved most of its digital infrastructure into containers and orchestrates them with Google Kubernetes Engine. It also uses the Istio service mesh to wrangle microservices. Google Cloud storage underpins the system and Google Pub/Sub supports serverless operations.
Forbes estimates that the move to GCP has saved 50 engineer-hours per week thanks to efficiencies and automation. Regression testing and new feature deployment time has dropped by 58%, according to the company.
In addition, Forbes is using Google’s AI and machine learning features to train models that suggest headlines, track trending topics and improve reader engagement.
Former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian came aboard as Google Cloud CEO in November 2018. Since then, Kurian has moved to build out Google’s enterprise cloud sales and support organizations — areas where it had lagged behind competitors. Forbes’ experience on this front has been positive, Zalatimo said.
Salah ZalatimoChief digital officer, Forbes
“They are still maturing as an enterprise provider, and we knew that going in,” he said. “But they knew that going in, too.”
Forbes did work with a services partner to help with the Google Cloud migration, but Google’s account representatives were “extremely involved,” he added. “We always had access, even if it was less traditional.” As one example, Forbes’ teams might find themselves having to call a salesperson in order to escalate a technical issue, Zalatimo said.
Forbes is using a wide array of Google Cloud offerings, including its audience analytics platform, BigQuery data warehouse, Hangout meeting software and authentication service, all of which are well-established.
But of all the cloud providers with which Forbes works, Google stands out as keen on engaging customers very early on in the new product development process, he added. “A lot of [vendors] talk about it, and say they want to do it, but I don’t think a lot of companies actually do.”
Walmart and other large retailers have shunned doing business with AWS, given how closely they compete with its parent company in e-commerce. Google’s kingmaker positions in general web search as well as the hugely influential Google News service might make a media company such as Forbes similarly think twice about making heavy investments in its technology.
Forbes did factor this into its decision, according to Zalatimo. “Our options [were] either to lean in or lean away,” he said. “At the end of the day, they do carry the leverage. As an independent publisher, we really don’t. So, if you can’t beat them, join them.”
The company is taking part in the Google News Initiative, where Google works with publishers on new product development and other collaborative efforts.
Forbes benefits from this relationship with Google — but not to the extent it gets any special insights into the Google News algorithm, which can heavily affect a publisher’s traffic when changes are made. “They are like Fort Knox about this,” he said.
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In today’s workplace, change is the new normal. To keep up, we all need to evolve and improve. Last month at the Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, we announced a ton of Microsoft 365 innovations designed to put artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technologies to work for you. And we’ll continue to innovate across the Microsoft 365 experience, so our customers always have the best tools to navigate an increasingly distributed and fast-paced world. But to succeed at work today, organizations need more than great tools. They need to foster a culture of learning where their people can continue to develop essential skills. We want to help, so this month we introduced The Art of Teamwork toolkit, an interactive curriculum that uses the five attributes of the world’s most successful teams to help your team create and foster healthy team dynamics. We hope you’ll use it—and future educational support coming your way in 2020—to help your organization continue to succeed.
Let’s take a look at what else is new in November.
App updates to give you more choice and help you stay in the flow of work across devices and apps.
Keep track of Sticky Notes in Outlook on the web—Sticky Notes allows you to capture ideas, notes, and important info across the apps you already use. Now you can conveniently view, edit, and create notes directly in Outlook for the web, making it easier than ever to keep track of your notes as you go through email. Sticky Notes in Outlook for the web will begin rolling out next month to all users.
Switch to a darker OneNote canvas with Dark Mode—From complex travel schedules to killer meal plans, OneNote is like a second brain to help you track it all. So it should look the way you want. We’re excited to announce that a Dark Mode option is now rolling out for OneNote 2016. Using Dark Mode helps make both the product and your notes more legible, and can improve readability in low light environments, provide better contrast, and reduce eye strain. Dark Mode is available for all Office 365 subscribers and non-volume licensing Office 2019 customers.
Also, in response to feedback over the past year, we’re pleased to announce that we’re continuing mainstream support for OneNote 2016 beyond October 2020—so you can continue using the version of OneNote that works best for you.
Collaborate without disrupting a shared workbook with Sheet View—Earlier this month, we announced Sheet View in Excel, a new way of letting users create customized views without disrupting others, so collaboration is seamless. Sheet View allows users to sort and filter the data they need, and then select an option to make those changes visible just to themselves or to everyone working in the document. Once selecting to make changes just for yourself, that filter and sort will not affect other collaborators’ view of the workbook. All your cell level edits propagate through the file regardless of your view, so you can make all your edits right in your personal Sheet View. Sheet View is rolling out to all users using Excel on the web over the next few weeks.
Upload files to Forms questions for added context—Sometimes you’d like respondents to a form to upload or attach files to provide important information or context when answering questions. Now Microsoft Forms enables you to allow users to include file uploads. With this new feature, you can easily create a resume collection form, a claim form, or a photography competition form. To get started, click the drop-down menu to add advanced question types and select File upload. Once you successfully add a file upload question, a folder will be automatically created in your OneDrive or SharePoint.
New capabilities to help you transform workplace productivity, tap into the power of the cloud, and simplify licensing.
Transform how work gets done with insights from Microsoft Productivity Score—At Ignite, we announced Productivity Score to help deliver visibility into how your organization works. Productivity Score identifies where you can enable improved employee and technology experiences—so people can reach their goals, and actions to update skills and systems, so everyone can do their best work.
For example, Productivity Score can recommend user training around how to better collaborate as well as provide IT with documentation to configure external sharing and fine-tune policies, remove problem agents, or upgrade hardware to reduce friction. Join the private preview by filling out the form and see your score in the first week of December 2019.
Leverage advanced security offerings with the U.S. Government Community Clouds—Earlier this month, we announced the general availability of Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for U.S. Government GCC High customers. The release of these services delivers advanced security functionality for customers while enabling them to meet increased compliance and security standards. Eligible customers will need a GCC High account or an Azure Government account to purchase Microsoft Cloud App Security and/or Azure ATP licenses. To start a trial for either service within EMS E5, please work with your account team.
Simplified licensing for Windows 10 co-management—We’re bringing System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and Microsoft Intune together in a new, unified product called Microsoft Endpoint Manager that delivers a seamless, end-to-end management solution without the complexity of a migration or disruption. We’re also excited to announce that the simplified licensing makes Microsoft Intune user licenses available to ConfigMgr customers to co-manage their existing Windows 10 PCs. The change in licensing terms are expected to go into effect in early December 2019.
Get the latest version of Windows 10—Windows 10 version 1909 is now available—offering new capabilities and enhancements, intelligent security, simplified updates, flexible management, and enhanced productivity. Highlights include the new Windows Search experience in Explorer, the new cloud clipboard with history viewing, support for third-party digital assistants, processor enhancements, additional customization for kiosk mode, and more. Version 1909 is rolling out now for consumers and IT admins.
As always, everything we create for Microsoft 365 is designed to help you and your organization achieve more by being more productive. Over the last 12 months, we worked hard to build an increasingly seamless experience that uses AI and automation to help you collaborate across platforms, streamline your workflow, harness organizational knowledge, and stay ahead of ever-evolving security threats.
We look forward to bringing you so much more innovation and educational tools in the year to come. Equipped with incredible tech and the right educational support, there’s no end to what you can achieve.
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Works perfectly… thought about putting it in a drawer, but will see if there’s any interest here. True, they’re £80 from aliexpress…. fill your boots and toss a coin as to whether it’ll arrive or not.
No sim or data included . Collection from B44 if preferred
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I am moving back to a desktop computer so have my 9 month old Dell XPS 15 laptop for sale.
Bought new from Amazon, it is in excellent condition having never left the house and will come boxed with all accessories. The spec list is as follows:
Dell XPS 15 15.6 Inch with 3840×2860 resolution touch screen
Intel Core i7-8750H
16 GB RAM
512 GB SSD
Nvidia GTX 1050Ti graphics card with 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Windows 10 Home installed.
Thanks for looking
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For over half a century, it has become a tradition in the U.S. to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th. This is a month of celebration, tribute and pride for those of us that relate to the Hispanic/Latinx culture, either because we are part of it, or because we have grown fond of this community and feel a connection. But, this is also a time for reflection.
For some time now, our community has been going through challenging times deriving from strong external narratives that fail to represent our beauty, our diversity and the real challenges that we face today and in the past. Stories that attempt to create deep social divisions. Stories that intend to tear down the very fabric of what the Hispanic and Latinx communities truly represent.
As a Latino and Executive Sponsor of HOLA (Hispanic & Latinx Organization of Leaders in Action), Microsoft’s Hispanic/Latinx Employee Resource Group, I have learned so much on my journey to represent and propel the Latino culture in the USA. It’s just amazing to see the positive impact that Latinos have daily. On one hand, 86% of all new US businesses have been launched by Latinos over the last decade and Latinas create small businesses 6x faster than any other group in the country. Latino GDP was $2.13 Trillion in 2015, and it’s growing 70% faster than the rest of the economy.
Latinos are contributing to the very fabric of this country and that is why it is extremely important that our individual voices and personal stories of struggles, achievements and contributions to the North American culture continue to collectively rise. Hispanic Heritage Month is a perfect moment to share the true narrative of who we are, and the great impact and role each one of us plays in society.
To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Microsoft is celebrating Latinx culture and inspirational stories through Our Voz. This will include local events in the community, celebrations, as well as stories from our own Latinx employees who are making an impact in the community.
Microsoft HOLA, in partnership with our Global Diversity and Inclusion team and our many internal allies across all businesses, have established strong partnerships with key stakeholders in the Latino community. By joining forces, we have helped accelerate progress across a wide range of topics from our own internal culture and ability to bring our true selves to work, to supporting families through immigration challenges, improving education, and much more. We would like to take the opportunity to recognize and thank these organizations for their partnership and the great work they do every day to make a difference for our community. You can view the full list of partner organizations below.
It is my belief that through empathy, mutual understanding and purposeful action we can make a lasting, bigger impact that changes how we experience the world – and how the world experiences us. Please visit microsoft.com/en-us/hispanic-heritage-month/default.aspx for the most current news and opportunities to celebrate, engage and be inspired. If you want to learn more about broader initiatives for diversity and inclusion at Microsoft please visit here.
 Hispanic Sentiment Study, Xeno Group 2018
 Latino Donor Collaborative
H.O.L.A Partner Organizations
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