Posted by Jeff MeisnerSenior Manager, Corporate Blogs
In a new article in Sustainable Industries Magazine, Microsoft Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard wrote about a study that explored the potential for cloud computing to cut down on carbon emissions and reduce energy consumption at large data centers.
Commissioned by Microsoft and carried out by Accenture and WSP Environment and Energy, the study “found that across the board, organizations could save energy and carbon by switching to the cloud and the smaller the organization, the larger the benefit. When small organizations (up to 100 users) move to the cloud, the study predicted an effective carbon footprint reduction of up to 90 percent over using local servers. For large corporations, the predicted savings were typically 30 percent or more.”
Posted by Brad SmithSenior Vice President and General Counsel
Today, I have the good fortune to be in Paris, a city my family and I previously lived in for three years, to discuss the enormous potential of cloud computing for Europe and countries around the world.
Cloud computing continues to grow exponentially, as more and more people, businesses and governments experience its powerful potential – from creating incredible cost savings to increased agility and speed for deploying new software solutions, just to name a few. Economists at the University of Milan estimate new and existing companies using cloud services could create between 300,000 and 1.5 million new jobs in Europe in the next five years. If so, that could reduce Europe’s unemployment rate by 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent and boost gross domestic product growth by 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent. I encourage you to read our latest white paper.
I’m delighted to announce that Karen Jones will join the Legal & Corporate Affairs (LCA) team at Microsoft as our new Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for HR Law.
This is a new position that we are creating to consolidate and provide leadership for three closely related areas of work: Employment & Benefits Law, Global Migration and Employee Relations Investigations.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined U.S. and Chinese business leaders for a meeting at the White House.
MLK Day – the only federal holiday designated by Congress as a national Day of Service – is a great opportunity to continue Dr. King’s legacy and give back to communities through volunteerism.