January 19, 2016

Microsoft Pledges $1 Billion in Cloud Services to Nonprofits

Microsoft announced plans Tuesday to give away $1 billion worth of cloud-computing services to charities over the next three years, marking a major boost in its software donations, The Seattle Times reports. Company officials said the program will open up the “public cloud” — the fast-growing field of web-based computing power and data storage — to organizations that might otherwise have difficulty accessing it.

This effort is the first major giving commitment by Seattle-based tech behemoth since it unveiled plans late last year to significantly expand its charitable activities under a new division called Microsoft Philanthropies. The company is offering nonprofits access to its Azure cloud-computing program, along with a slate of software run on its network of data centers. Microsoft also said it would increase by 50 percent its contribution of cloud-computing resources to university researchers.