Investing in innovation worldwide

Microsoft is among the top investors in innovation worldwide. Innovation is at the heart of Microsoft as a company, and it is a driving force behind our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This investment is most successful not just when it benefits Microsoft, but when it creates more opportunity for our customers and partners. We must ensure that our policy of innovation supports both our ability to produce cutting edge technology and the ability of our customers, partners, and developers to build on that technology to achieve more. As a result, Microsoft relies on, and participates in, multiple modes of intellectual property and open innovation systems, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, open data, open source, and standards.