Building global connectivity, making music visual and sharing achievements in research — Weekend Reading, May 27 edition

From grants to help spread the power of digital technology to a band that’s turning live music into a vivid visual experience, this week brought some interesting and uplifting news around Microsoft. Check out some of the highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading. Microsoft announced 12 winners of the Affordable Access Initiative grants that will receive seed funding and a range of resources to bring digital technology and … Read more »

Microsoft’s affordable access initiatives — partnering for impact

Microsoft launched last month a new fund to help cultivate companies with solutions that bring affordable Internet access to underserved markets. The fund is part of Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative, which invests in new last-mile access technologies, cloud-based services and applications, and business models that can reduce the cost of Internet access and help more people affordably get online. Microsoft partners with Internet access providers and other public-and-private sector entities … Read more »

Going the last mile: The power of affordable Internet access

Spanning 97 miles, Danajon Bank in the Philippines is a rare marine life wonder. Just one of six double barrier reefs in the world, it is home to coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass biomes, tiger-tail seahorses and other natural wonders. But if you visited the reef in recent years, you would be struck by the absence of one vital creature – fish. One island, Bohol, has lost 90 percent of its … Read more »

Kenya and the ‘nomadic’ Internet open up future of possibilities

Satya Nadella discusses Windows 10 with school children from Burguret Secondary School in Nanyuki, Kenya. Microsoft’s CEO traveled to the region to observe the impact of TV white spaces in rural communities.

Before affordable Internet access came to Nanyuki, a town of 30,000 nestled near Mount Kenya 125 miles north of Nairobi, Red Cross representative Anthony Kuria had to close the office and walk hours to the nearest hot spot to send an email. He’d often return to a line of waiting people who needed his help. Worse, when the inevitable fire or flood came and families became separated, snail mail and … Read more »