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Closing the digital divide is saving lives in Botswana

By Paul Garnett, Director of Affordable Access Initiatives
October 12, 2016

In an increasingly globalized world, an internet connection has become an indispensable means of accessing knowledge and opportunity. Through the Affordable Access Initiative (AAI), Microsoft has provided grants and support to 12 early-stage businesses working to bring innovations in applications, hardware, power and connectivity to regions where access is poor or nonexistent.

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Microsoft provides new version of German language learning app Schlaumäuse in Berlin

Microsoft Europe
October 06, 2016

In Germany, there are currently hundreds of thousands of refugees, adults and children, faced with a need to learn German. On October 10, 2016, in Berlin, Microsoft unveiled the new version of the Schlaumäuse language learning software that has been specifically developed for refugee children. The award-winning application is also currently available in Arabic, English, and French.

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Bringing more cloud power to serve nonprofits

By Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies
September 26, 2016

Microsoft is taking another step in fulfilling our $1 billion commitment to ensure that our cloud serves the public good. Today, through Microsoft Philanthropies, we are making Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible nonprofit organizations by offering Azure credits. Microsoft Azure’s cloud services help organizations accelerate innovation with integrated intelligence that powers insights and decision-making, supports a broad selection of operating systems, and provides industry-leading security.

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Sparking opportunity for all youth around the globe

By Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies
April 20, 2016

On April 20, 2016, we announced YouthSpark grants to 100 nonprofit partners in 55 countries. In turn, our partners will leverage the power and energy of local schools, businesses and community organizations to create new and engaging opportunities for students to explore computer science. These partners will teach students valuable skills to help them prepare for and succeed in jobs that are open today across industries, along with new jobs that will be created. Our partners will build upon the work that Microsoft already has underway, including our commitments to computer science education through programs like Hour of Code with Code.org, BBC micro:bit and TEALS.

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Giving all students a chance to create the future

By Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies
March 07, 2016

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo launched the state's first comprehensive computer science education initiative - an initiative to bring computer science education to every public K-12 school across Rhode Island. The governor's focus on computer science provides Microsoft Philanthropies with a great opportunity to partner in helping to achieve our own mission to expand digital inclusion and empowerment for everyone.

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Microsoft employees raise a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits in 2015

By Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies
February 10, 2016

Microsoft's Employee Giving Program raised a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits and schools around the world in 2015, including the company match of employee contributions. Our employees increased their support through time, money and talent by $8 million, marking the greatest year-over-year increase in our program's history.

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Why we need a public cloud for the public good

By Satya Nadella, CEO
January 19, 2016

Today Microsoft Philanthropies, the recently-announced expansion of our commitment to global giving, is making a big statement. We will donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources over the next 3 years to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide...

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Putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good

By Brad Smith, President
January 19, 2016

As Satya Nadella announced today, we're committed to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. That's why Microsoft Philanthropies, with support from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development, will donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years...

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Microsoft deepens longstanding commitment to philanthropy with expanded vision, new organization

By Brad Smith, President
December 15, 2015

On December 15, 2015, we announced an expanded commitment to our corporate philanthropy around the world with a broader ambition and a new organization within the company, Microsoft Philanthropies, to make this ambition a reality...

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