Microsoft plans to donate $1 billion in cloud services to nonprofits organizations & researchers
Leading tech giant Microsoft plans to donate US$1 billion in cloud services over three years to nongovernmental organizations and researchers, in a proposal to provide access to these services to communities that can’t afford them. The proposed donation whose size has been calculated at fair market value, could also bring long-term business benefits, as it would help the company win over a number of potential long-term users to its cloud platform.
To explain much, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a blog post said “Among the questions being asked at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland is how to make the benefits of cloud technology available universally rather than let only wealthy societies have access to the data, intelligence, analytics and insights that come from cloud computing.”
The new Microsoft Philanthropies arm of the company, set up last month, will provide nonprofits with the full suite of Microsoft cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, so that NGOs can run applications and make use of computing and storage power, CRM Online to manage relationships with donors and beneficiaries, and the Enterprise Mobility Suite to manage all of their devices, applications, and data.
The company also aims to address 70,000 NGOs through one or more of its cloud offerings by the end of 2017 and will focus on serving even more groups after that every year.