Microsoft employees raise a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits in 2015

Microsoft employees Heidi Fader and Vanessa Payne raise money for childhood cancer research. (Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Microsoft’s Employee Giving Program raised a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits and schools around the world in 2015, including the company match of employee contributions. Our employees increased their support through time, money and talent by $8 million, marking the greatest year-over-year increase in our program’s history. These results show how, more than ever, Microsoft employees live our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to … Read more »


Microsoft hiring program opens more doors to people with autism

Kyle Schwaneke came to Microsoft through a unique hiring program for candidates with autism.

Kyle Schwaneke’s bank account was approaching empty. He’d been unemployed for a year and a half, since the indie game studio he’d been working for shut its doors. His parents, looking for ways to help while he job hunted, had paid the remainder of his apartment lease, but he’d reached the end of that, too. “I interviewed at a bunch of companies, but really didn’t have any luck. Sometimes, I … Read more »

Underwater data, Computer Science for All and the NFL of the future — Weekend Reading: Feb. 5 edition

This week at Microsoft takes us to the ocean floor, into classrooms across the nation, and onto the NFL football field for a glimpse of the hyper cool future of fandom. Never a dull moment, right? Topping this week’s inventory of awesome is some big news: turns out the cloud is waterproof. On Monday, researchers at Microsoft shared details of a fascinating 2015 project in which they temporarily placed a … Read more »

Microsoft acquires SwiftKey in support of re-inventing productivity ambition

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose highly rated, highly engaging SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices. In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud. SwiftKey … Read more »

Future of Work, advancing AI on GitHub and Bing’s predictions for upcoming primaries and caucuses — Weekend Reading: Jan. 29 edition

Future of Work, advancing AI on GitHub and Bing’s predictions for upcoming primaries and caucuses — Weekend Reading: Jan. 29 edition

This installment of Weekend Reading leads off with a new website that focuses on workplace culture, a research toolkit tied to artificial intelligence and Bing’s Election 2016 experience. The Future of Work explores how the role of an organization’s leader may be changing, but is more important than ever. In order to create organizations that can adapt to change, leaders need to actively shape an open workplace culture that fosters collaboration … Read more »

First-ever Hack for Her Summit champions gender inclusiveness for the benefit of everyone

Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft, and executive sponsor of Hack for Her

Just a couple of decades ago, we had relatively few technology product choices; the focus of technology was making things possible. Fast forward to today, and choices are plentiful as well as ubiquitous. But we want products and services that fit our lives. So how do people create experiences that successfully fit the lives of men and women alike? On Jan. 12, Microsoft hosted its inaugural Hack for Her Summit … Read more »

A $1 billion cloud computing donation, ‘Minecraft’ heads to the classroom and editing genes with machine learning — Weekend Reading: Jan. 22 edition

Late January may be the dreariest stretch of the year, but it has been a downright exciting week at Microsoft. Here’s our latest edition of Weekend Reading with an overview of the company’s news highlights over the last days. Yes, you read it correctly in the headline. That is $1 billion with a “b.” Microsoft’s donation will roll out over the next five years in the form of cloud computing … Read more »

Why we need a public cloud for the public good

Today Microsoft Philanthropies, the recently-announced expansion of our commitment to global giving, is making a big statement. We will donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources over the next 3 years to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide. I invite you to read details of the news in Brad Smith’s blog post published today. So why is this important, and why now? In the January 20 issue of The Financial Times … Read more »

How we’re putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good

As Satya Nadella announced today, we’re committed to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies, with support from Microsoft Research and Microsoft Business Development, will donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years. Our goal is to support 70,000 nonprofits through this initiative during that time. I wanted to provide some more detail on … Read more »

Microsoft invests in new and expanded version of ‘Minecraft’ for the classroom, opens public preview of Learning Tools for OneNote

We all walk to our own beat and there’s no exception for the way we learn – no matter our age or where we live. Students tell me all the time – and I see it in action whenever I get to visit a classroom – that they learn best when given the freedom to learn at their own pace and in ways that are familiar to them. This could … Read more »

Microsoft showcases the future of unified commerce at NRF 2016

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Microsoft is in New York City for the National Retail Federation’s Big Show 2016, the annual showcase for everything new in retail. This year, it’s all about the customer, and I’m excited to highlight innovations that keep customers at the center of the retail experience – from new ways to engage with shoppers to modern technology that speeds up the checkout process. This renewed, customer-focused approach is part of an … Read more »