An opportunity for small businesses expanding affordable internet access: Grant applications open now

Phot of man outdoors installing micro-grid technology on one of Uganda’s Ssese Islands.

This post originally appeared on NextBillion.net. New Sun Road is literally lighting up Uganda’s economy. The small business, supported with a grant from Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative, provides a critical service, creates jobs and is the kind of enterprise we aim to support with a second round of grants for innovators around the world. Initially conceived at UC Berkeley, New Sun Road designed, built and operated the first 24/7 metered Read more »

Highlights from Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting

I want to thank Microsoft’s shareholders who attended or voted at this year’s Annual Shareholders Meeting. Microsoft shareholders: Re-elected all 11 directors to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders. All director nominees received a vote of 99 percent of votes cast. Approved, on a nonbinding advisory basis, the fiscal year 2016 compensation of the company’s named executive officers. The advisory measure received 96 percent of votes cast. Ratified Read more »

ABA Resolution 113: Creating a legal profession that reflects the public it serves

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Since the United States was founded, the diversity of our nation has continuously grown, a trend that will accelerate in coming years. Unfortunately, the diversity of the legal profession has failed to match this growth. This is why Microsoft has joined legal departments and law firms from across the country to support the American Bar Association (ABA) Resolution 113 and its mission to create a legal profession that better reflects Read more »

Teaching kids computer science: no computer required

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Every young person should have the opportunity to learn computer science skills and, by extension, gain a better understanding of how the technology works, since it will impact so many aspects of their lives. A grant announced today will help more youth get that opportunity. Computational thinking is described by Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president at Microsoft Research, as the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing Read more »

With our latest energy deal, Microsoft’s Cheyenne datacenter will now be powered entirely by wind energy, keeping us on course to build a greener, more responsible cloud

Our lives, our cities and our world are rapidly transforming with the rise of cloud technology. And as the adoption of the cloud accelerates, so does the electrical consumption of the datacenters that fuel this new era. At Microsoft, we recognize that our responsibilities as a leading cloud services provider require that we transform the way we power the cloud. That’s why we are announcing our largest wind energy purchases Read more »

Microsoft’s revamped Law Firm Diversity Program brings significant gains in diverse leadership

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A year ago, Microsoft announced a significant change to our Law Firm Diversity Program (LFDP), which now focuses on increasing diversity among the partner and leadership ranks of the law firms in our premier provider network, and provides financial incentives to those firms who show improvement in these areas.  We are pleased to report significant progress by all our firms, and we especially want to recognize our top performers – Read more »

Online risks have real-world consequences, new Microsoft research shows

Most people have had at least one negative online experience that resulted in real-world consequences, including a loss of trust in others, increased stress or sleep deprivation, preliminary results of a new Microsoft survey show. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of those polled said they had fallen victim at some point to at least one of 17 different online risks. That figure grows to 78 percent when respondents also considered the Read more »

Moving forward together: Our thoughts on the US election

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Like so many people across the country, we woke up in Redmond, Washington this morning thinking about yesterday’s election. And like so many Americans, regardless of who we supported through our vote, we strongly share the view that this is a time for the nation to come together. Every president-elect deserves our congratulations, best wishes and support for the country as a whole. The peaceful transition of power has been Read more »

Microsoft women- and minority-owned law firm legal spending this decade tops $100 million: Additional progress towards a more diverse and inclusive legal profession

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Throughout this decade, an important element of Microsoft’s legal diversity efforts has involved work with law firms that are owned by women or minorities – or WMBE firms as they are often called. I’m pleased to share that we’ve reached an important milestone in this area. Since 2010, we’ve spent more than $100 million with women- and minority-owned law firms (WMBE). This spend not only represents the valuable contributions made Read more »

Why we support Schedule 451: A new approach to meeting our energy needs

By Michelle Patron, Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft, and Irene Plenefisch, director of government affairs Microsoft is proud to call Washington state home. We’ve been headquartered here since 1979, and we have grown from a small cluster of buildings to a 500-acre campus that now houses more than 40,000 employees and 15 million square feet of offices and labs. As we’ve grown, so too has our energy consumption. In recognition Read more »

How Microsoft supports global actions for climate change

Next month, when countries around the world meet in Morocco for the United Nations meeting on climate change, Microsoft will continue to support global actions to reduce carbon as part of the Paris Agreement. In the past month, countries have achieved three important global policy milestones: controlling aviation emissions, reducing hydrofluorocarbons and accelerating entry into force of the Paris Agreement. “At Microsoft, we are proud to support these efforts and Read more »