The Strategist

Microsoft Donates Clouds to Charity

01/20/2016 - 15:22

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that cloud services worth $ 1 billion will be provided free of charge to non-governmental organizations, universities and laboratories within three years.

More than 70 thousand organizations will receive free access to the cloud platform Azure, office suite Office 365, PowerBI services, customer relationship management systems (CRM) and so on.

"What to do if only wealthy organizations have access to data, intellectual property, analytics and research, which are provided through mobile technology and cloud computing? - wonders Nadella. - Microsoft supports charitable organizations around the world, giving them in the use cloud computing platforms - the most advanced technology of our generation. Starting from today, more than 70 thousand organizations will have access to the technology that will help solve great social problems, what will greatly enhance the quality of human life. "

The corporation has created a division Microsoft Philanthropies for charitable purposes a month ago. With its help, non-profit organizations will be free to work with all of the company's cloud products.

In the spring of 2016, Microsoft will begin mass adoption of its cloud services to non-profit organizations. Next, the company plans to increase number of educational projects that use Microsoft Azure for research purposes by 50%. The president and general counsel Brad Smith said that in 2016, the company plans to donate cloud services and products worth $ 350 million.

Microsoft also promises to support use of cloud services in 20 projects in 15 countries around the world. The project aimed at those who work to develop low-cost Internet access and deal with collective learning technologies.

Microsoft hopes that such steps will bear fruit in the long term and will provide a host of new contracts for the use of their cloud platforms, said PCWorld. In 2015, Microsoft has sent $ 75 million to improve computer education in the United States.