2011 Trustworthy Computing Award Winners
Our Trustworthy Computing Award winners have made a significant contribution to a TwC pillar, related technology innovation, increased customer and business value, or enhanced trust in Microsoft as a whole.
Back (L to R): Aaron Kornblum, Grace Molnar, Jason Ronald. Front (L to R): Michelle Bruno, Lyn Watts
Launching Kinect for Xbox 360: Privacy, Online Safety & Accessibility
All-Up Trustworthy Computing Award Winner
The launch of the Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor featured the application of core TwC principles across Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), including a Privacy-by-Design approach that ensured privacy was built into Kinect for Xbox 360 from the design stage, delivering unprecedented transparency and control and a powerful story articulately communicated to customers, partners, and government elites worldwide. A new Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack and robust Content Ratings Engagement and Compliance Program delivered richer controls to parents to help manage their family’s entertainment experiences both on the Xbox 360 console and with Xbox LIVE online services. Additionally, the new Kinect Accessibility virtual team (v-team) helped the product team focus on the needs of individuals who experience the world in different ways because of disabilities, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of both the product and associated services.
Back (L to R): Dean Hachamovitch, Andrew Zeigler, Zach Murphy. Front (L to R): Nirankush Panchbhai, Sebastien Zimmermann
Internet Explorer Tracking Protection
Trustworthy Computing Privacy Award Winner
Tracking Protection is the first feature in a major web browser that can effectively give users a choice about whether their web browsing is tracked from website to website. This is a compelling privacy protection that is only available on Windows. By adding a Tracking Protection List (TPL), consumers can filter tracking content in webpages and protect their privacy as they browse around the web. At the core of the feature is an open platform that allows anyone, including privacy advocates, advertisers, publishers, regulators, government agencies, and enthusiasts, to author TPLs. TPLs are a not just a Microsoft solution but also a potential industry-wide solution. By leading the web tracking privacy conversation in terms of actual technology and by working with standards bodies and regulators, Microsoft is enhancing the level of trust with many customers and with the public in general.
Back (L to R): Gerrit Swaneveld, Dennis Evseev, Jarred Bonaparte. Front (L to R): Firoz Dalal, Yongjun Wu
Hardware Codec Test Kits
Trustworthy Computing Reliability Award Winner
While engaged in the planning and development of Windows 7, Microsoft made the decision to allow independent hardware vendors (IHVs) to ship hardware-accelerated decoders and encoders (codecs) to aid in transcoding media files. The Media Platform Team developed a Hardware Codec Test Kit, suitable for shipping to IHVs, giving both Microsoft and IHVs the confidence that their components would meet Microsoft standards for reliability at launch and would provide Microsoft customers with a high-quality, end-user experience. Your team’s investment to improve the reliability of Microsoft products—and that of third-party products—is in direct support of Trustworthy Computing’s Reliability pillar.
(L to R): Lawrence Landauer, David Heise, Modesto Estrada
Gatekeeping for a secure future
Trustworthy Computing Security Award Winner
“Gatekeeping for a Secure Future” won by virtue of its impact in protecting a wide range of Microsoft customers and, as a direct result, its contribution to the trustworthiness of Microsoft products. Whatever advances Microsoft makes in terms of securing the platform, socially engineered attacks—often in the form of Office documents as email attachments or downloads—will always remain a threat. Office File Validation (“Gatekeeper”), due to its ease of use and its widespread availability—the feature’s value was felt to be so great that it was backported to Office 2003 and 2007—has had a very significant positive impact on Microsoft customers.
(L to R): Allen Wilson, Arnie Lund
Standardizing and Modeling Accessibility across Microsoft IT Solutions and Practice
Trustworthy Computing Business Practices Award Winner
For the first time, a Microsoft IT (MSIT) standard designed to ensure that every Microsoft IT application is accessible was created and is being implemented. It defines new roles and responsibilities, specifies process and deliverable changes, and builds accessibility into how MSIT does business. It was created by a cross-disciplinary and cross-organizational working group representing a wide range of stakeholders and interests and puts into place a practical road map for satisfying Microsoft TwC accessibility requirements and policies. A model of the costs and benefits was created to drive policy decisions on how best to manage the implementation and to increase the impact. A conservative estimate is that in five years the standard will be saving roughly 500,000 hours per year for Microsoft employees and roughly 2 million hours per year for external customers and Microsoft partners, and those benefits will grow year over year.