From creating an online platform through Azure that helps ease the devastation caused by floods in Australia, to using Windows Live to create a band, to helping develop the next generation of teachers in the Middle East, to charting the future of advertising across multiple screens, people are doing amazing things with Microsoft technology.

Microsoft Next is an internal competition created to showcase how Microsoft people and technology are helping individuals and communities around the world and to offer the creators a chance to showcase their projects on a global scale.

I launched this program in February 2011 to showcase the impact people throughout the company are having on customers and partners through innovation every day. Today, 30 individuals have been recognized as members of the “Global Microsoft Next.” To view their winning videos, please visit this Microsoft Showcase site.

Employees from around the globe were invited to submit 3-minute videos explaining their work, and they were judged by a panel of Microsoft executives as well as two members of our BizSpark program from India and South Africa respectively, Prakash CV, founder of Gradatim and Thaisi Shale, CEO of Home Grown Solutions.

Microsoft’s Next program represents some of the best work directly impacting Microsoft’s customers and partners around the globe. I was inspired by these 30 winners, and I am honored to share their work through this initiative.

Posted by Jean-Philippe Courtois
President, Microsoft International