Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has congratulated President-elect Donald Trump and Vice president-elect Mike Pence. The software giant said that it looks forward to working with the new administration and Congress on issues of common concern. “Every president-elect deserves our congratulations, best wishes and support for the country as a whole. The peaceful transition of power has been an enduring and vital part of our democracy for over two centuries, and it remains so today,” Microsoft Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post. “And like so many Americans, regardless of who we supported through our vote, we strongly share the view that this is a time for the nation to come together,” Smith noted.
Microsoft Plans To Create New Jobs
According to Smith, Trump’s victory was driven by economic disparity, Tech Crunch reported. He noted that there was no even job growth for people who have college degrees and those who do not. The executive added that people who felt “left out and left behind” were Trump’s supporters.
A study from Georgetown University shows that the U.S. has experienced a doubling of jobs for Americans with a four-year college degree, while the number of jobs for those with a high school diploma or less has fallen by 13%. Smith said that Microsoft plans to create new jobs to address the gap.
Microsoft is a process of acquiring LinkedIn in a deal valued at $26.2 billion. The deal has already been cleared to close by regulators in the United States.
“As we’ve had the opportunity to learn more, we’ve concluded that new technology tools can play an important role. This was part of the conviction that led Microsoft to decide earlier this year to acquire LinkedIn.”
LinkedIn is professional networking site, which has 467 million members. Smith said that the professional networking website “is a good example of what one increasingly sees among both tech companies and tech-based non-profit groups. New technology services and tools help individuals develop new skills and connect with new jobs.”
Microsoft Committed To Promoting Diversity
Moreover, Smith said that Microsoft invests more than over $12 billion a year in research and development and over 85% of this work is done in the United States. Over a third of the company’s engineers have come from other countries.
“We have employees from every race, ethnic background and religion. If there’s a language spoken on the planet, there’s a good chance that it’s spoken by an employee at Microsoft,” Smith wrote in the blog post. He noted that the software giant is committed to promoting diversity among all the men and women who work here, as well as the type of inclusive culture to enable people to do their best work and pursue rewarding career.
“Finally, it will remain important for those in government and the tech sector to continue to work together to strike a balance that protects privacy and public safety in what remains a dangerous time. As this election demonstrated, technology now plays a ubiquitous role in our daily lives. But people will not use technology they do not trust,” Smith said.
Talking about consumer privacy, Smith said that “people will not use technology they do not trust. We’re committed to developing technology that is secure and trusted, both for Americans and for people around the world.” Trump wants technology companies to provide backdoor access to the government.