This year, Microsoft is all about serving the public. And to prove it, it recently announced it is making a $1 billion donation in cloud services.
Microsoft Corporation Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella has announced plans to share the benefits of Microsoft’s cloud computing services to those who can benefit from it the most: nonprofit organizations. In fact, the company said it is making its Cloud Services available to more than 70,000 nonprofits who are constantly involved in solving “our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition.” This is why Microsoft is making its cloud services available to these nonprofits for three whole years.
The Microsoft Cloud Services will include access to the Microsoft Azure platform. Today, Microsoft Cloud has been at the forefront of a number of significant research projects. For starters, it is being utilized by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) Biodiversity Research Program in order to gain a better understanding of how cloud forests work and how climate change affects communities that are supported by these forests. At the same time, in Botswana, Microsoft Cloud Services is making it possible to provide women in rural healthcare clinics with cervical cancer screenings. And in the U.S., Microsoft created a Digital Crimes Unit that utilizes the cloud to fight cybercrime.
Meanwhile, this is just the first step of a 3-part initiative being undertaken by Microsoft Philanthropies. Aside from offering the cloud to nonprofits, the company will also offer Microsoft Azure to as much as 900 university researchers while also utilizing its TV White Spaces project to deliver low-cost connectivity to various communities around the world, including rural Kenya.