Research & Innovation

How Microsoft Technology is Enabling an Autonomous Grid

The electricity industry is undergoing a transformational change. In the technology sector, we have become accustomed to major shifts in our industry every few years. But if you are a utility, these disruptions are likely keeping you up at night. How do you deliver reliable energy to a more engaged and dynamic customer base when […]

Microsoft Expands Support for The Nature Conservancy for Earth Day

This week on our blog, we’ve highlighted ways that Microsoft, its employees and its business partners are leveraging new technology to improve the sustainability of their companies and communities. Today, we are focusing on our nonprofit partners, including a new grant to The Nature Conservancy that expands on our broader support for nonprofits globally. In […]

For Microsoft Employees, Earth Day is Everyday

What do tracking bees, optimizing smart grids, helping farmers in India determine the best time to sow their crops, and recycling used e-devices have in common? These are just some of the passions that I have seen Microsoft employees embrace and pursue, carrying the spirit of Earth Day with them throughout the year. They are […]

World Water Day 2017 – Transforming the Way the World Uses Water

Tomorrow is World Water Day, and in honor of that day, we want to recognize all that water does for us that we don’t usually see. Much of the world’s water is hard at work in the production and delivery of nearly all goods and services, from apples to zippers. And the amount of water […]

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. […]

Protecting Biodiversity with Artificial Intelligence

One of the many promising capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is its potential application to better understanding our natural environment. The world is experiencing a catastrophic loss of biodiversity. We know that species are going extinct at a rapid pace, with about two-thirds of wild animal species projected to be lost by 2020. These extinctions […]

Four Green Tech Predictions for 2017

The end of the calendar year is a traditional time of reflection, of the ups and downs of the past year, and to think about what to expect in 2017. As Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist, I am encouraged by the progress made on some environmental issues in the past year, but there is still much […]

Energy Efficiency and Designing the Datacenters of the Future

Datacenters have become the engine of transformation across every sector of our economy. But this engine requires a lot of energy. That has led us, as a company, to invest in clean energy for our datacenters and cutting-edge energy efficiency R&D projects to reduce our overall energy consumption. It would be a mistake to view […]

Leading the Sustainable Data Revolution

We are at the cusp of a transformation – as a society, as an industry and as a company. That was the message I delivered to a diverse group of environmental and energy leaders at VERGE16 at my keynote session yesterday. The world is experiencing the very real effects of climate change, including extreme weather, […]

Microsoft Partners with UTSA for Next-Gen Energy Storage

Last week, Microsoft joined NRG Energy at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) to announce new research showing that batteries can help ease the transition to a grid increasingly powered by renewables. Learn more about the announcement and the three-year agreement between UTSA and Microsoft to research […]