Microsoft Corporation is one of the world’s biggest software makers and manufactures and licenses a range of products and services related to computing. Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the company is probably best known for its Windows software, although it has begun an aggressive drive into the mobile sector seeking to make inroads on market share held by Google and Apple. It paid 5.44 billion euros for the handset business of Nokia in September 2013.
Microsoft reports first-half data requests
Microsoft said it received more than 37,000 government requests for information in the first half of this year - excluding any national-security requests.
In only its second report on the matter, the US technology giant's figures appeared to be on pace with 2012, when it got 75,378 requests.
"The report details the number of requests for data we received from law-enforcement agencies around the world, and how Microsoft responds to those requests.
"It covers requests for data relating to all of Microsoft's online and cloud services, including Skype," the company said.
"Unfortunately, we are not currently permitted to report detailed information about the type and volume of any national- security orders … that we may receive so any national security orders we may receive are not included in this report."
The report shows Microsoft received 37,196 requests from law-enforcement agencies, in the first six months of 2013. In 2.19 per cent of the cases, the company turned over "customer content", with more than 90 per cent of these in the United States.