Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today in Switzerland told the world that Microsoft Corp will be putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for public good, and he explains the three-part rationale behind the initiative.
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To this extent, Nadella revealed that Microsoft Philantropies, together with Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development will be forking out $1 billion in cloud services to university researchers and 70,000 non-profit organizations over the next three years.
“Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Now more than 70,000 organizations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition and drive new growth equally.”
Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer explained in a blog post that since Microsoft Cloud could be harnessed to solve the problems the world is facing, the initiative could be used to score new science and technology points with data, while applying the same initiative to socio-economic challenges in the human society.
Since not everybody is benefiting from cloud computing at the moment, Microsoft thinks it might modify its corporate philanthropy over the next 10 years in order to reach and serve individuals and non-profits not yet benefiting from the service.
“We’re committed to helping nonprofit groups and universities use cloud computing to address fundamental human challenges,” said Brad Smith. “One of our ambitions for Microsoft Philanthropies is to partner with these groups and ensure that cloud computing reaches more people and serves the broadest array of societal needs.”
To achieve the best possible with this Microsoft Cloud initiative, three broad areas will need to be fully covered by the enterprise:
1. Serving the broad needs of the non-profit community
2. Expanding access to cloud resources for faculty research in universities
3. Reaching new communities with last-mile connectivity and cloud services
For the first objective of serving the needs of NGOs more effectively, Microsoft Philanthropies through the Microsoft Cloud Services – which include Microsoft Azure, Power BI, CRM Online and the Enterprise Mobility Suite will reach non-profits through a global donation program that will make the initiatives achievable within the given time. Since Office 365 has already been made available to non-profits in the same vein, this particular initiative will build on that success.
For the second objective of making cloud resources accessible to university researchers, both Microsoft Research and Microsoft Philanthropies will be expand the Microsoft Azure for Research program by 50% so that free Azure storage and computing resources may be granted to university faculties to aid research into new technological advances. Already, 600 research projects on six continents are benefiting from free cloud computing resources.
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For the third aim of reaching new communities with connectivity and cloud services, both Microsoft Business Development and Microsoft Philanthropies will be donating Microsoft Cloud access to improve internet technologies and community training to new areas.