By Charlie McNerney, GM, Business Management, GFS

On Friday, March 11th, 2011, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan followed by a series of tsunamis, causing widespread damage. In response, Microsoft activated its Disaster Response protocol. We are currently accounting for all our employees and assessing all of our facilities for any impact.

We are saddened by the devastation caused by the earthquake in Japan. We are reaching out to our customers and partners to conduct impact assessments, and we are providing those impacted by the earthquake with free incident support to help get their operations back up and running. There has been no disruption to our cloud based and hosted services, and we continue to monitor the situation closely. Microsoft also has a cloud-based disaster response communications portal running on Windows Azure that is available to governments and nonprofits to use for communication between agencies and with citizens.

More information on Microsoft’s response to the disaster is on our Microsoft Corporate Citizenship website which will be updated with any new developments. 
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