Products / Devices

Transforming the Future of Water

Water is one of the most important resources in the world. For most of us in developed nations, it’s easy to take for granted – we turn on the tap and clean water comes out. But this is far from a universal reality. 780 million people around the world lack access to this basic necessity. […]

For Earth Day—Improving Efficiency and Sustainability Worldwide

Today is Earth Day, and it’s a particularly momentous occasion this year: representatives of more than 130 nations, including the United States, are gathered in New York City to sign the international climate accord (COP21) that was reached last December in Paris. As I wrote then, COP21 was a truly historic event for helping secure […]

Join Microsoft in Celebrating Earth Day

Microsoft believes that technology can empower people and organizations to achieve a more sustainable future for our planet. From our devices to our cloud, we’re using the power of technology to minimize the environmental impact of our products and improve the efficiency of our global business operations. Although Microsoft has been a carbon neutral company […]

How Microsoft is Empowering a Modern, Sustainable Workplace

Since joining Microsoft in 1991, the only constant for Bev Hess has been a remote workstyle. Bev started her career as an account rep based in St. Louis, often logging thousands of miles in the car or flying to client sites or meeting with customers over the telephone. She’s held a number of roles in […]

Repair Business Toolkit: Extending the Life of Phones, Tablets and Laptops

For the last year Microsoft has been working with i-fixit, the online repair manual site, to develop and test a curriculum to help people start a small business offering repair services for mobile phone, tablets and laptops. The work was sponsored by our Registered Refurbisher Program, which already works with thousands of PC refurbishers to […]

Microsoft Joins R2 Leader Program, Furthers Commitment to Responsible Electronics Recycling

Earlier this week Microsoft, along with organizations like Goodwill Industries, Xerox and Sony America, were announced as founding members of R2 Leaders. R2 Leaders are organisations that encourage use of the R2 Standard and have demonstrated a commitment to the safe, sensible and sustainable repair and recycling of used electronics. This reflects Microsoft’s commitment to support the development of standards for […]

Microsoft Makes Commitment to Manufacturing and Supply Chain Sustainability

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are pleased to report that Microsoft’s supply chain for hardware and packaging (Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Information Services (MSCIS)) was ISO 14001 certified this month. Though we have had a longstanding commitment to supply chain sustainability, including a strict Supplier Code of Conduct that requires Microsoft suppliers […]

Microsoft Ireland Receives Repak’s Best Recycling Award

This October, our Microsoft Ireland team received the top honor at the 2013 Repak Recycling Awards for their efforts in packaging reduction and implementing more sustainable packaging protocols. The awards are given to organizations that have a remarkable focus and determination to implement best practices in packaging reduction. This award reflects Microsoft Ireland’s continued efforts […]

This Week in Sustainability: Lightning-Powered Mobile Phones and Expanding Sustainable Businesses

This week Treehugger reported that researchers at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom used simulated lightning to charge a Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 925. By using an alternating current that gave off over 200,000 volts they were able to charge the phone successfully in a matter of seconds. Not only does this research […]

Microsoft Launches Website, Helping Customers Make Environmentally Friendly PC Decisions

When we talk about energy consumption most people think about the electricity used by your PC, kitchen appliances, TV or smartphone. However, the manufacturing process of these products also comes at a cost as it requires a material and energy-intensive process to create them. To make the computer or smartphone you’re using right now, a […]