Microsoft to donate cloud services worth $1 billion to nonprofit groups

BELLEVUE, WA - DECEMBER 3: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addresses shareholders during Microsoft Shareholders Meeting December 3, 2014 in Bellevue, Washington. The meeting was the first for Nadella as CEO. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Microsoft will be donating cloud services worth more than $1 billion to nonprofit organizations and researchers over the next three years. Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith stated that the company is donating its cloud services to help solve some of the world’s toughest problem and to “advance the public good”.

The software giant will be providing free or discounted services to nonprofit groups worldwide. This means that the company will be offering free or discounted cloud services, such as Azure, Office 365, and more. In addition to this, the company will also be donating to expand access to free Azure for universities. Microsoft will also invest in organizations providing Internet connectivity in developing countries.

  • Serving the broad needs of the nonprofit community. A new global donation program will make Microsoft Cloud Services, including Microsoft Azure, Power BI, CRM Online and the Enterprise Mobility Suite, more available to nonprofit organizations through Microsoft Philanthropies. The program builds upon an already successful program that provides similar access to Office 365 for nonprofits. The nonprofit program for Microsoft Cloud Services will begin rolling out this spring, and Microsoft Philanthropies aims to serve 70,000 nonprofits in the next three years with these Microsoft Cloud Services.
  • Expanding access to cloud resources for faculty research in universities. Microsoft Research and Microsoft Philanthropies will expand by 50 percent the Microsoft Azure for Research program that grants free Azure storage and computing resources to help faculty accelerate their research on cutting-edge challenges. Today this program provides free cloud computing resources for over 600 research projects on six continents.
  • Reaching new communities with last-mile connectivity and cloud services. Microsoft Philanthropies and Microsoft Business Development will combine donated access to Microsoft Cloud services with investments in new, low-cost last-mile Internet access technologies and community training. By combining cloud services with connectivity and training, and focusing on new public-private partnerships, Microsoft Philanthropies intends to support 20 of these projects in at least 15 countries around the world by the middle of 2017.

Microsoft is planning to serve 70 thousand nonprofit organizations over the next three years. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella stated:

Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation. Now more than 70,000 organizations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition and drive new growth equally.

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