Microsoft have announced, through their Microsoft Philanthropies organisation, that they are going to donate $1 billion of cloud computing to non-profit organisations and university researchers over the next three years.
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, announced a new three-part initiative to enable Microsoft’s cloud computing resources can serve the public good by providing additional cloud resources to nonprofits, increasing access for university researchers and helping solve last-mile Internet access challenges.
“Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who spoke on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “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.”
Cloud computing can add vital resources for processing and unlocking secrets held by data in ways that create new insights and lead to breakthroughs not just for science and technology, but for the gamut of economic and social challenges. It can also improve communications and problem-solving and help organizations work in a more productive and more efficient manner.
Providing nonprofits with better access to Microsoft Cloud Services, including the powerful Microsoft Azure platform, builds upon Microsoft’s longtime commitment to making cutting-edge technology available at no or low cost to organizations working on solving some of society’s toughest problems.
“We’re committed to helping nonprofit groups and universities use cloud computing to address fundamental human challenges,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “One of our ambitions for Microsoft Philanthropies is to partner with these groups and ensure that cloud computing reaches more people and serves the broadest array of societal needs.”