Microsoft joins White House ‘Envision America’ program by contributing cloud power for a year to smart cities

Empowering U.S. cities during the inaugural Smart Cities Week Sept. 15-17 is the focus of a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy initiative entitled “Envision America.” And Microsoft is bringing its cloud power to the program.

The initiative calls for “creating smarter cities through science, technology and civic participation.” Because the cloud can open up new opportunities for city innovation, from social media to business analytics and intelligence, Microsoft will provide a year’s worth of the secure Microsoft Azure Government cloud platform and ongoing assistance to 10 American cities.

Microsoft’s own CityNext initiative, along with partners, has been “working around the globe since 2013 to empower cities to be more sustainable, prosperous and economically competitive,” writes Michael Donlan, Microsoft vice president, U.S. State and Local Government.

To learn more, visit the Microsoft CityNext Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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