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Microsoft Supports Queensland Floods Relief

17 January, 2011 | Sydney, Australia

Our thoughts continue to be with everyone impacted by the tragic floods in Queensland. We continue to monitor the crisis and evolve our response as circumstances play out and the recovery effort gets under way. Below is an outline of the steps the company and its employees have taken to help in this difficult time.

  • Microsoft is now offering Queensland small and medium sized businesses impacted by the flood free access to its Azure cloud platform for back-up of mission-critical data. To help businesses get back-to-business as soon as possible and ensure that critical or hard to replace business information is accessible, Microsoft is offering temporary access to a cloud-based personal Windows Azure hard drive that will enable businesses to save critical files into a secure, off-site backup facility, as they begin the long process of recovery.

    Affected businesses should email for more information and for access to a user ID. More information and full terms of use can be found here.

  • Microsoft has donated 13 Xbox 360 devices to the Australian Red Cross for use in 11 evacuation centres.

  • Microsoft has also offered its support to the Queensland Government through the Microsoft Disaster Response programme.

    Along with its partners, Microsoft has offered:

    • Information and communication technology consultancy
    • Collaborative solutions to support communication between geographically dispersed users
    • Temporary software licenses
    • Online services (where the IT infrastructure of emergency operations centres has been impacted)
    • Volunteers
    • The extension of the Microsoft global call centre capability to first responder organisations and non-governmental organisations
  • Microsoft has committed $10,000 to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal and has committed to matching its employees’ donations to the Australian Red Cross, the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal and the RSPCA. As at 17 January 2010, the total cash donation from Microsoft and its staff stands at $44,000.

  • Microsoft Australia has an established commitment to donate software to non-profit and charitable organisations through its partnership with Donortec, which extends to a number of charities helping in the Queensland flood disaster. This ensures that charities and non-profit organisations have access to the technology they need to help affected communities as quickly as possible.

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For further information please contact:

Microsoft Australia
Ben Tan
(02) 9870 2508

Howorth Communications
Georgina Bonner
(02) 8281 3819

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