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Microsoft Honored for Diversity Excellence

Microsoft is pleased to announce that DiversityInc has ranked us #44 on its 2013 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. Additionally, in segmented categories, we placed #4 for best companies for Asians, and #9 for best companies for People with Disabilities. This is strong validation of the tremendous effort and progress we’ve made in advancing our Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy over the past few years. More than 800 companies from a wide range of industries, including hospitality, services, retail, manufacturing, banking and technology, participated in this year’s survey. We are fortunate to have a global company that is fueled by the collaborative energy of diverse talent coming together in an inclusive way to contribute their unique skills and experiences to the success of our company, customers, partners and communities.

Microsoft Enables Vendors to Hire Workers with Disabilities

With the aim of investing in inclusion, Microsoft announced that it is expanding its program that encourages vendors to hire workers with developmental disabilities. The company hopes to have more than 200 people in its supported employment program on the Redmond campus within three years.

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Microsoft intern creates bridge between women in tech and future students in computer science

As described in the Microsoft Research Connections Blog, Ayna Agarwal, a student at Stanford University, co-founded she++, “a community that seeks to inspire women’s involvement in computer science.” Agarwal recently organized a robust conference on women in technology– Stanford’s first. 

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Microsoft in the News

Microsoft Ranked No. 1 on 12th Annual “Top 50 Employers” in Workforce Diversity for Engineering & IT Professionals Magazine

Microsoft has achieved a #1 ranking on the 12th Annual “Top 50 Employers” in Workforce Diversity for Engineering & IT Professionals Magazine. Last year, Microsoft ranked #42 on this list. The readers of Workforce Diversity for Engineering & IT Professionals magazine selected the top companies in the country for which they would most prefer to work or believe would provide a positive working environment for engineers & IT professionals who are members of minority groups.

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Microsoft Named 2013 Top LGBT Company by Work Life Matters Magazine

Microsoft was recently just named as a 2013 Top LGBT Company by Work Life Matters Magazine for the second consecutive year. "We are pleased to honor these leading firms for serving as corporate pioneers by supporting the advancement of LGBT equality within their own organizations, as well as to the community-at-large," says Lori Sokol., Ph.D., Founder & Publisher of Work Life Matters Magazine.

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Digital Assistance for Sign-Language Users

Researchers from Microsoft Research Asia have collaborated with colleagues from the Institute of Computing Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to explore how Kinect’s body-tracking abilities can be applied to the problem of sign-language recognition. Results have been encouraging in enabling people whose primary language is sign language to interact more naturally with their computers, in much the same way that speech recognition does.

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Microsoft Introduces the 4Afrika Scholarship Program

Microsoft recently introduced the 4Afrika Scholarship program, as part of its 4Afrika Initiative, through which it will provide mentorship, leadership and technical training, certification, university-level education, and employment opportunities for promising African students. Mentorship will be provided by Microsoft employees from around the world, and employment opportunities will include internships and both part-time and full-time jobs within Microsoft, as well as with the company’s more than 10,000 partners across Africa.Go here for more information.