Cloud Giant Microsoft to Donate $1 Billion of Cloud Computing to Non-profits and Researchers
January 20, 2016
Cloud giant Microsoft is to donate $1 billion of cloud computing services to non-profit organizations and researchers. The company, which is renowned for its communication and collaboration software and its cloud solutions, has headquarters in Richmond, Washington, USA. The pledge was made by CEO Satya Nadella in Davos, Switzerland yesterday.
The donation will be managed by Microsoft Philanthropies, an organization that manages Microsoft’s philanthropic activities. The donation is set to benefit upwards of 70,000 groups and individuals over the next three years. The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum - an international organization “for public-private cooperation committed to improving the state of the world”. The aim of Microsoft’s donation is to tap the power of the cloud for the benefit of all.
“What if only wealthy societies have access to the data, intelligence, analytics and insights that come from the power of mobile and cloud computing?” Nadella asked on the company’s blog. "What if only wealthy societies have access to the data, intelligence, analytics and insights that come from the power of mobile and cloud computing?"