The Truly Global Nature of Washington State

Is it our location on the fringe of the lower 48, our bustling ports, our proximity to Asia, or our inspiring natural surroundings that give the state of Washington such an orientation toward global development issues? I don’t really know, but there is no denying that something is in motion here. Last week, we sponsored…

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Helping NGOs Crowd-Source Solutions from Students

The Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s annual student technology competition that asks students from around the world to combine their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the toughest problems.  Personally, it’s one of my favorite events that Microsoft puts on for students. Every year I am blown away by the quality and sophistication of…

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Recognizing Those Making a Difference in the Daily Lives of Others

I have seen and met some truly inspiring individuals in my life as part of various jobs I have held throughout my career however the last two weeks were very special. Last week I had the privilege to meet some amazing individuals who are veterans and whose sacrifices have allowed us to live our lives…

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Supporting the Work of our UN Partners – A Decade of Impact and Counting

Posted by Linda Zecher, Corporate Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft   Last night in New York, the United Nations Foundation  honored Microsoft with the inaugural Corporate Award for leadership in advancing UN causes.  I had the distinct honor of accepting this award on behalf of Microsoft and our 88,000 employees worldwide. Pictured Left: Linda…


Grants Awarded to Four Puget Sound Organizations at Opening of Microsoft Bellevue Retail Store

Posted by: Jane Broom Today, Microsoft opened our seventh Microsoft Store, right here in our backyard in Bellevue, Washington. As with each of our previous store openings, we awarded grants to local community organizations as part of the Grand Opening. At a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner…


A Tale of Two Cities: Prepare, Respond, Rebuild

Originally Posted on the Microsoft on the issues blog by Orlando AyalaCorporate Vice President, Chairman Emerging Markets From the National Security Leaders Forum in Cartagena, Colombia.  The event brings together leaders in the public and private sector to discuss helping transform multi-agency operational effectiveness, reduce costs, and improve collaboration and information-sharing to tackle the threats…


The Silver Lining in the Fight against Poverty

Pictured Above: Grameen Koota borrowers gather to repay their loans at a Kendra (Center) Meeting in Karnataka State It was that awkward shuffle. I was standing in the aisle as our flight was loading. Despite repeated requests at the check-in desk, my wife and I did not get seats together, so I was faced with…


Asking for help is strength, not weakness

By Andrew Coughlan Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website. On July 19, 2004, I didn’t die. I can talk now about what happened that day, but it’s enough to know that I lost friends in a…


Veterans Build Success at Bellevue College

Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website. Going from sitting behind a .50 caliber gun in the dark, fighting Arabian Sea pirates to sitting at a desk in a classroom is quite a transition. Spencer Cockrell served…


A tribute to success

By Elaine Cooluris, Executive Director at Able-Disabled Advocacy Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website. “I am extremely grateful for the assistance Able-Disabled Advocacy gave me,” Matthew B., a former US Army Combat Engineer related. “I felt…