Beyond Microsoft

Our approach to diversity and inclusion doesn’t stop with our workforce. It includes helping to build a pipeline of candidates for jobs in the tech industry, investing in diverse suppliers, and partnering with policy makers and others on broad reaching activities in this space.

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At Microsoft we take a holistic approach to bringing more diversity into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by creating programs that run from kindergarten through retirement. We recognize the importance of encouraging lifetime learners to pursue a career in technology—not only so that they are better prepared for the future, but also so they can continue the tradition of innovation.

Learning opportunities


  • DigiGirlz

    DigiGirlz gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

  • Khan Academy

    Choose from thousands of free online video lessons.

  • Kodu Game Lab

    Build Games. Play Games. Share Games. Create games on PC and Xbox with a cool visual programming language.

  • Minority Student Day

    Hosted by the Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) employee network, Minority Student Day is geared toward motivating local Puget Sound minority students to pursue careers in information technology.


    TEALS brings engineers from Microsoft and other tech companies into high schools to teach computer science. Tell your school!

  • TouchDevelop

    Create apps on any tablet, phone, or PC with a fun, touch-screen-friendly code editor. No coding expertise required!

  • YouthSpark Summer Camp

    Sign up for camp at a Microsoft store and learn to code, take awesome digital photos, or make your own short movie.


  • DreamSpark

    Get free software! Use professional developer and designer tools to create your own apps and sell them in the Windows store.

  • Graduate Women's Scholarship

    The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD.

  • Imagine Cup

    Solve the world's toughest challenges using your imagination, passion, and technology skills. Compete or get inspired!

  • Microsoft Digital Literacy

    Take free courses online to learn important skills like creating word documents and presentations, spreadsheets and databases, and even build your first app.

  • Small Basic

    Create apps with this simple coding language and share online.


  • BizSpark

    Get your startup going with free software, cloud technology, advice and support, and visibility to investors.

  • Codess

    Codess is a community for female coders initiated by Microsoft. Codess was established to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field.

  • Diversity and Tech Community | Microsoft Tech Community

    The Diversity and Tech community – part of the broader Microsoft Tech Community with over 110,000 members worldwide – is a welcoming and constructive space for members in the tech community to discuss about topics on diversity and inclusion. Member registration is free and open to the public. The community also features a Community Mentors Program geared towards helping people of diverse backgrounds find mentors to help accelerate their career in technical roles.

  • Internships at Microsoft Research

    Text - Interns at Microsoft Research apply research and theory to practice, while working with world renowned researchers and networking with fellow PhD students from around the world.

  • Microsoft Internship Program

    Get a summer job at Microsoft and learn from the best how to solve some of the world's biggest problems.

  • Women Think Next

    Microsoft introduces Women Think Next, a worldwide community for professional women. Women Think Next is a great opportunity for networking, creating new connections, and business opportunities.

  • TechRoots

    TechRoots is a community for professionals of color in technology. TechRoots was built to actively contribute towards the growth of professionals of color in technology with a focus of bringing people together, building connections, giving tech professionals the opportunity to learn from one another and ultimately support members to further achieve their professional goals.

Supplier Diversity

Microsoft's customers represent all of the people of the world, and we are committed to creating diversity in our supplier base that reflects this global diversity. We are strongly committed to supplier diversity, which includes seeking certified minority-, woman-, disabled-, and veteran-owned business enterprises from which to purchase competitively priced quality goods and services.

Whatever the size, scale, or background of your company, we encourage you to take a closer look at doing business with Microsoft.

Last year, we spent more than US$ 2 billion working with suppliers that are minority-, disabled-, veteran-, and woman-owned businesses in Fiscal Year 2014. Exceeding $2 billion dollars is a significant milestone for Microsoft as we join approximately twenty other U.S. corporations that are part of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an organization recognizes and celebrates corporations that have achieved spending of at least $1 billion with minority and women owned businesses in the U.S We achieved this milestone because our Procurement team is committed to increasing our annual diverse supplier expenditure.

"Microsoft serves diverse markets globally," says Fernando Hernandez, Director of Supplier Diversity at Microsoft, "and we are convinced that our supplier diversity initiatives are a key competitive advantage, helping us win new business, retain customers, and reinforce the Microsoft brand."

We see no limit to the potential that, together, we all might realize. We believe in creating opportunities for people to succeed and expect our suppliers to do the same.

Are you interested in working with us?

Microsoft has multiple resources to help diverse businesses obtain the necessary information, accreditations, and contacts to get started working with Microsoft.

Are you ready to take the next step? Register your business at the link below. Microsoft Procurement will contact you if you meet the needs of a specific contract requirement or if we decide to consider your business for inclusion in the Microsoft Vendor Program.

Register your interest in becoming a Microsoft vendor


Microsoft is committed to reaching out to underserved communities and to developing long-term relationships with professional, educational, and nonprofit organizations that serve those communities. We see our efforts through our global outreach as another way of strengthening ties and growing talent—talent that we hope one day will further the advances of the high-tech industry.

Outreach Partnerships

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