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Students everywhere count down the hours to 'Hour of Code’
It’s just one hour. But it’s an hour that could change young lives forever, and help guide them to a better future. That’s why Microsoft is challenging as many young people as possible to participate in the “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15...
6 Dec 2013
How Microsoft is committed to breaking barriers on this International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The United Nations is observing “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” on Tuesday with a theme of “breaking barriers,” and Microsoft’s continued people-centric approach to technology is doing just that. “We are opening doors by revolutionizing how people...
3 Dec 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 YouthSpark, Right To Play team up to help kids in Africa develop skills needed to create change
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Right To Play, which operates play-based education programs in more than 20 countries around the world. Right To Play reaches 1 million children and youth through weekly play activities that enhance their educations, teach critical health lessons...
20 Nov 2013
Microsoft CityNext transforms the ‘digital architecture’ of residents’ everyday lives
In Denmark, where an increasingly aging population is straining the government’s health care resources, preventive care is becoming a must, not just a catch phrase on a white board in a meeting or in a binder on a bureaucrat’s desk. How do you get seniors to make sure they take care of...
15 Nov 2013
Microsoft spotlights ‘Giving Heroes’ ahead of Dec. 3 #GivingTuesday
During November and leading into #GivingTuesday , Microsoft will highlight 30 employee “Giving Heroes” who have made a significant and direct impact on the lives of young people in their communities. You can read their stories on the Microsoft Facebook page and find out what inspires them...
13 Nov 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
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
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
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
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
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
Microsoft kicks off Employee Giving Campaign with 5K Run/Walk around the Redmond campus
Microsoft employees dedicate October to giving back to the community through the Employee Giving Campaign . “Though the Microsoft Employee Giving Program runs year-long, this is the time of year when our people are filled with extra energy and generosity, determined to raise more money than...
4 Oct 2013
Students lead the way at TEDxRedmond event on tech, entertainment and design
On Sept. 28, hundreds of young people came to the Microsoft Campus. Local middle and high school students accompanied by parents, educators and civic leaders made up an audience of 600 who attended TEDxRedmond . “ TEDx events are independently organized to promote ideas about technology, entertainment...
3 Oct 2013
Microsoft citizenship team meets with YouthSpark Advisors to discuss youth unemployment challenge
Microsoft General Manager of Citizenship & Public Affairs Lori Forte Harnick was recently in New York where she had the opportunity to host a group of young international men and women in a discussion examining the challenges facing young people around the world. One primary challenge? The global...
3 Oct 2013
Microsoft’s Windows Azure achieves critical Federal security milestone
Starting Monday, it’s going to be easier for government organizations to benefit from secure cloud computing. As Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal, explains on The Official Microsoft Blog, “Microsoft received notice that Windows Azure was granted the FedRAMP Joint...
30 Sep 2013
Microsoft celebrates 1-year anniversary of YouthSpark and launches new programs for year 2
Monday marks the 1-year anniversary of the launch of YouthSpark , a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries by 2015. In its first year, Microsoft created opportunities for 103 million youth. Now, Microsoft is increasing access to computer...
23 Sep 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
Find out how Office 365 is a ‘game-changer’ for nonprofits working with the developing world
Tuesday’s announcement that Microsoft is donating Office 365 to nonprofits worldwide makes it easier for organizations to discover how cloud solutions could work for them. One nonprofit that’s already embraced these solutions is NetHope, which works with 39 international humanitarian organizations...
13 Sep 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
Office 365 for Nonprofits is here to help organizations do more good with technology
On Tuesday, Microsoft took a significant step forward in its mission to help nonprofits harness the power of technology with its announcement of the global availability of Office 365 for Nonprofits through the Technology for Good program. Office 365 for Nonprofits is available today in 41 countries...
10 Sep 2013
City Bridge-NewSchools Education Innovation Fellowship blends traditional classroom teaching with computer technologies
Pleas for better technology funding are usually top of the list for educators, but you might be surprised to hear that some teachers worry about computers impeding their efforts to connect with students. That was the case for eighth-grade math teacher Melissa Mauter before she and 11 other D.C.-area...
6 Sep 2013
Lessons from Kenya further inspire YouthSpark challenge winners to change the world
In July, Microsoft YouthSpark announced the winners of its Challenge for Change contest: Adam Dunn, Brian Hickey, Sneha Jayaprakash, Christina Ong and Meghan Shea. These five young adults had standout ideas for sparking change in their communities or around the world. As part of their prize package,...
26 Aug 2013
The College Success Foundation and Microsoft team up to create STEM heroes in Washington, D.C.
In a guest post over on the Microsoft Citizenship Blog, Monica Gray, Director of Programs, College Success Foundation – District of Columbia, writes about her organization’s partnership with Microsoft in the HERO Initiative in Washington, D.C. “ The program is designed to increase...
21 Aug 2013
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