Major Programs & Initiatives

    There are several programs underway that enhance Microsoft’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest minds in a globally diverse workforce. These programs are built around three core principles: Representation, Inclusion, and Innovation.
    • Microsoft recruits top college talent from domestic and global academic institutions that have a history of educating African Americans, Latinos, and women. We seek out diverse talent at all schools and specifically target historically underrepresented institutions.

    • Microsoft Scholarships are offered to individuals with the goal of exposing them to emerging technologies and career opportunities in the information technology industry. We offer scholastic scholarships at the graduate-level through various groups.


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    • Microsoft offers a comprehensive diversity and inclusion education program to ensure employees have the skills and knowledge to excel in their responsibilities. We foster a workplace environment that is empowering, inclusive, and supportive.
    • Microsoft offers flexible work arrangements, programs, resources, and tools to help employees achieve greater work life balance. These resources range from extensive resource and referral services to generous maternity and paternity leave policies.

    • Product innovation is at the heart of Microsoft’s work. Some examples of accessibility technology innovation include the following:
      • Adaptive Systems and Interaction research pursues automated reasoning, adaptation, and human-computer interaction. Ongoing work in this area includes extending mouse and keyboard with touch sensors, enabling systems to sense contact from the user's hands.
      • Speech Technology researchers are working to improve spoken language technologies. They are interested not only in creating state-of-the-art spoken language components, but also in how these disparate components can come together with other modes of human-computer interaction to form a unified, consistent computing environment.
      • Natural Language Processing researchers are working to design and build software that will analyze, understand, and generate languages that humans use naturally, so that eventually you will be able to address your computer as though you were addressing another person.