Microsoft sets out public policy recommendations for the cloud

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Microsoft has published a book featuring a number of public policy recommendations for companies implementing cloud services.

At the Microsoft Ireland conference, chief executive Satya Nadella said that the book, titled ‘A Cloud for Global Good’, presented “a set of policy considerations to help guide technologies in the future”.

The company has recently been targeting cloud services, more than doubling its European cloud capacity by investing more than $3 billion (£2.4 billion). It will also offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from multiple data centre locations in France from next year.

During his keynote speech, Mr Nadella said: “We continue to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure to meet the growing demand from European customers and partners.”

Microsoft said its investment in the cloud would help businesses innovate in their industries and move operations to the cloud whilst meeting European data sovereignty, security and compliance requirements.

Mr Nadella said: “Every company is becoming a digital company. Every organisation will be measured by their ability to have predictive power and analytical power.”

Microsoft said that tech companies, the community and governments must to work together to make a “cloud for global good”. The new book sets out 78 public policy recommendations in 15 categories to help make cloud technologies more trusted, responsible and inclusive.

The book will focus on topics including next-generation skills, enhancing security and privacy in the digital age, environmental sustainability and keeping communities safe. It will specifically propose ways of tackling challenges like data flow disruptions, amongst others.

Brad Smith, Microsoft president, explained: “It all comes down to one thing. It's about ensuring the kinds of traditional protections that we've all had not just for years, but for centuries, for information that is stored on paper actually persists when we move our information to the cloud.”