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Microsoft and Brazilian state team up to release crime monitoring system
On Wednesday, Mariano de Beer, general manager of Microsoft Brazil, announced that Microsoft and the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, have deployed Detecta, an intelligent system for monitoring crime. The governor of the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, has deployed Detecta...
16 Apr 2014
Combine ‘Zoo Tycoon’ and LEGO for charity, and you get ‘Build for Good’
Microsoft and six other Seattle-area companies participated in LEGO’s “Build for Good” charity event recently where five-person teams were challenged to create something beneficial for humanity using only LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits. The souped-up LEGO kits sell for $350, and have electronic...
16 Apr 2014
Seattle Art Museum website sports stunning new look thanks to grant from Microsoft
The Seattle Art Museum’s website has a stunning new look, with more ways for the public to engage with the museum – through high-resolution images and videos from virtual collections, museum maps and ticket purchasing – after a re-do of the site using a grant from Microsoft. The...
16 Apr 2014
UN-Habitat partners with Microsoft CityNext on global urban crowding problems
More than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas; by the year 2050, it will be 70 percent. As more people crowd into urban areas, issues of aging infrastructure and inadequate health and social services become even more critical. To help find technological solutions to those...
9 Apr 2014
Make Web Not War announces a cross-Canada motorcycle Open Government Tour
Canada is a big country – stretching about 4,000 miles from coast to coast. That’s a lot of ground to cover, so you can only imagine how difficult it is to bring together information from all the federal, provincial and municipal governments in-between. But this summer, Richard Pietro, a...
2 Apr 2014
What city leaders need to know about open data standards
Open data has the power to help cities achieve their goals. How? By making public information resources accessible to everyone no matter what device they use, open data helps cities empower residents to make better decisions about safety, education and productivity. To turn that goal into reality...
24 Mar 2014
Microsoft named to World's Most Ethical Companies list for fourth consecutive year
For the fourth year in a row, Microsoft has been named to the Ethisphere Institute’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. “Ethical and responsible business practices are the bedrock of our corporate governance practices. These practices are designed to promote the interests...
20 Mar 2014
Author cites Microsoft’s CityNext initiative as good example of aligning business and social interests
Microsoft’s CityNext initiative was cited recently as an example of good corporate citizenship that helps companies’ business interests as well as societal needs. The praise came from Alice Korngold, author of “A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems …...
1 Mar 2014
Microsoft Virtual Federal Forum to provide insight on how to transform into a lean, modern agency
David Chen - MSFT
Microsoft’s Virtual Federal Forum will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PT on March 4 at the Reagan Center in Washington, D.C. For the first time, the forum will be broadcast online, providing a hybrid, live streaming experience. The Federal Forum will provide insights from Microsoft executives...
26 Feb 2014
New company record: Microsoft employees raise $113 million for nonprofits in 2013
In a post over on The Official Microsoft Blog on Tuesday, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith announced that Microsoft’s employees raised $113 million for 19,123 nonprofit organizations worldwide in 2013 – a new record for the company. “The $113 million...
18 Feb 2014
Microsoft launches 3-year commitment to We Day and We Act program
As part of Microsoft’s companywide YouthSpark initiative to empower youth through technology, it has launched a three-year commitment as co-title sponsors of Free the Children’s signature We Day event and We Act program in Seattle and in San Francisco. Free The Children is a global nonprofit...
12 Feb 2014
YouthSpark helps build a brighter future for Dallas kids
Today, almost half of the job openings in Dallas require a bachelor’s degree, while only 37 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds in the city are enrolled in higher education. Microsoft executives met with city leaders this week to find out how YouthSpark can help. Speakers included Cameron Evans,...
30 Jan 2014
Microsoft to help launch new association for accessibility professionals
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals, which wants to transform accessibility into a globally recognized profession, will launch in March, reports Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer. “So far, accessibility has developed at a grassroots level, hindered...
17 Dec 2013
Want to make the world better? Enter the YouthSpark Challenge for Change!
Young people are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to instituting social change and coming up with the next generation of new ideas. That’s why Microsoft today launched YouthSpark Challenge for Change , a contest that gives U.S. residents aged 18 to 25 who have an idea for sparking change...
1 May 2013
Making the UN Guiding Principles real for corporate lawyers
Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from John G. Ruggie, Chair of Shift, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, and Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. It was originally published on...
18 Oct 2013
Microsoft donates PCs to Chicago interns participating in Year Up program
Jennifer J. Chen
On Wednesday Microsoft donated PCs to the Chicago Class of January 2014 participating in Year Up , a YouthSpark nonprofit partner. Year Up’s mission is to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with skills, experience and support – empowering them with the things they...
12 Sep 2013
Giving Heroes: Suit up and power youth causes!
Microsoft News Center Staff
This month, Microsoft honors the “Giving Heroes” among us – the nonprofits helping the next generation of innovators, inventors, mountain movers and game changers. Throughout our employee giving campaign, we asked employees to share the organizations that inspired them. We then worked...
1 Nov 2013
Join Microsoft in the 'Hour of Code' campaign
The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft. Abril Vela started her final year of high school like a lot of other seniors – giving a lot of thought to what she wants to do after she graduates. Thanks...
14 Oct 2013
Microsoft forms new 4Afrika Advisory Council
On Oct. 4, Microsoft announced the formation of a new 4Afrika Advisory Council in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The new council’s main mission is to ensure that the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative always remains relevant for Africans and does in fact help the continent become and remain globally competitive...
9 Oct 2013
Make a difference for youth around the world on #Giving Tuesday
Dec. 3 is #GivingTuesday and as part of our ongoing YouthSpark initiative, we’re calling for support for young people around the world. Starting at 9 a.m. PT Tuesday, Microsoft will match donations – dollar for dollar - that are made to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of youth...
3 Dec 2013
Microsoft enhances Employee Giving Program to raise next billion for nonprofits
The following post is from Lisa Brummel, Chief People Officer at Microsoft. (From left to right) Microsoft employees Vatsala Isaac, Kendall McElliott, Rachel Ash and Gilmere Vieira at the company’s 5K Run/Walk, an annual Employee Giving Campaign tradition. It’s been a busy autumn...
30 Oct 2013
Preparing South Africa’s next generation of IT leaders: Microsoft partners with NetHope Academy to tackle youth unemployment
Microsoft blog editor
Current Microsoft Students to Business participants interning at Microsoft. Longtime partners NetHope and Microsoft are collaborating once again to address rising youth unemployment in South Africa. Through the company’s Microsoft Students to Business program, Microsoft is helping curb joblessness...
18 Sep 2013
Bing and The Feast Conference 2013 team up to help military veterans gain better access to resources
There are more than 400,000 services, benefits and opportunities dedicated to supporting veterans, but the Department of Veterans Affairs says there is no simple, centralized place to retrieve those resources. More than 59 percent of veterans feel unfamiliar with the benefits available to them, and 74...
11 Nov 2013
Microsoft publishes its Annual Citizenship Report for fiscal year 2013
The following post is from Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft’s corporate mission is to help businesses and people around the world realize their full potential. On Monday, we released the 2013 Citizenship Report , which describes our...
7 Oct 2013
Tips and tools to help prepare for a natural disaster
With parts of Oklahoma recovering in the wake of a series of devastating tornadoes and hurricane season starting the first week of June, the need for preparation in the face of natural disasters is top of mind for many people. But what is the best way to be prepared? Molly Bull, senior communications...
29 May 2013
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