Microsoft Tops 100 Best Corporate Citizens Ranking

Microsoft recently topped CR Magazine’s 2015 list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens, in recognition of our performance and strong track record in responsible corporate practices. Among public companies in the US, Microsoft leads in the overall ranking based on criteria such as environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy and…

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Improving Community-Based Disaster Response and Preparedness in Vietnam

Residents of the Mekong Delta—a low-lying, densely populated coastal region in southern Vietnam—often have to bear the brunt of hostile weather conditions caused by flash floods and severe thunderstorms. In spite of government efforts to alleviate the situation, many Vietnamese remain ill-prepared to cope with the impact of natural disasters. When disasters strike, public service…

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Imagine Cup Finals: Who's Representing Asia Pacific?

This is part of a series to showcase teams from Asia Pacific who are participating in the Imagine Cup Finals in Seattle. Since 2003, Microsoft has been hosting the Imagine Cup competition to bring together young technologists from around the world. We sat down with team Imagine The World from China so they could tell…

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TV White Spaces: Enabling Citizen Services & Disaster Recovery in the Philippines

Fisherfolk in Bohol, Philippines, live in remote coastal areas with little or no Internet connectivity. In order to be registered in the government’s National Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (or FishR) system and obtain citizen services and benefits, some travel hours to their municipal hall, and as a result lose a day’s worth of income. Hear from…

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Remembering 2011 Disaster through Resilience and Hope

By Lena Ryuji, Citizenship Manager, Microsoft Japan It has been three years since the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan struck on 11 March 2011 off the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region. The recognised death toll in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures is 15,882, while 2,668 people are still unaccounted for. Locals are…

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A Personal Account of the Impact of Typhoon Yolanda

By Karrie Ilagan, Country General Manager, Microsoft Philippines Growing up in the Philippines makes you acutely aware of earthquakes and the monsoon and typhoon seasons; of the rain, wind and sheer power of nature. I have weathered my share of disasters, however, nothing could prepare me for the impact that was Typhoon Yolanda. When this…

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Microsoft Disaster Response – Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

The original blog post was taken from the Microsoft Disaster Response Blog written by Molly Bull, Senior Communications, Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response on 13 Nov 2014.   We extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to the many nonprofit organizations on the ground helping with relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.  Those who wish to offer support…

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Sichuan Earthquake Relief Efforts Aided by Microsoft China Donations

Microsoft China pledged RMB 1 million (USD162,000) worth of donations and 1,000 emergency relief packages in response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Ya’an city in Sichuan province in April, which caused at least 192 deaths and left more than 11,000 people injured. In aid of the relief operations in Sichuan, senior Microsoft China executives…

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Leading Global Humanitarian Society Selects Cloud, Enhances Capacity and Response

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has selected Microsoft Office 365 to be the standard communications and collaboration platform for its National Societies worldwide. This partnership with Microsoft will serve over a million volunteers and staff worldwide. In Asia this includes the organisation’s 37 national societies, four IFRC secretariat regional…

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Mobile Digital Learning in Action in New Zealand

What started out as only an idea to transform a school bus into a mobile learning centre has turned into reality for New Zealand’s 2020 Communications Trust — in the form of DORA, the Internet-connected solar-powered vehicle that enables the nonprofit organisation to take digital learning to virtually any community. In October, DORA walked home with…

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