250 Technical Leaders Plus 30 Kids Equals an Awesome Exercise in Collaboration

Kathleen Hogan, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Services, Co-Sponsor Microsoft US Giving Campaign What do you get when you bring together over 250 technical leaders from around the world with 30 kids from the local Bellevue, WA Boys and Girls Club (BGCA) aged 5 through 11? Well, besides a very energetic crowd you create a terrific…


Upgrading your PC? Why not give someone access to the internet?

Sean Nicholson, OEM 3R (Redesign, Reuse, Recycle) program manager, Microsoft Schoolchildren in Madagascar using refurbished PCs to learn IT skills Every year around 20% of the PCs in use worldwide finish with their owners. Many will be broken or very old, but around half of them can still be reused, especially as entry level PCs…


Movember: Welcome to Moustache Season

My grandfather was a fire department chief, and I can still remember him in his uniform – white hat, boots, heavy jacket and gloves.  He was a hero to me.  He was also a survivor of prostate cancer.  Each of my other grandparents had cancer, and many of my friends and family, from 2 years…


How social entrepreneurs are tackling the toughest issues (VIDEO)

On this blog we often talk about the next generation of Social Entrepreneurs and the ways in which people are aiming to solve the toughest global issues through the use of technology. Recently we had the pleasure of hosting a panel of entrepreneurs on our Redmond campus to hear firsthand how they are investing their…


21st century transformation for a 19th century vision

Derrick McCourt, Regional Manager, Microsoft Our Citizenship work is a great way of enabling our people to work together outside their day-to-day teams. I am immensely proud of the track record the team here is building up. In Scotland one of our community partners is nonprofit Aberlour. Founded in 1875, Aberlour is the largest Scottish…


Accessibility at the Partners in Learning Global Forum

LaDeana Huyler, Microsoft Accessibility This week, at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington, D.C., more than 700 of the most innovative educators from around the world came together to discuss their big ideas. These extraordinary educators are focused on improving teaching and learning through the effective use of technology in the classroom. One…


Extending our commitment to help U.S. Veterans find employment

Returning U.S. veterans face major challenges finding civilian employment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics October unemployment report showed that the unemployment rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans was 12.1 percent compared with 8.4 percent for nonveterans. A year ago we announced a program aimed at addressing that issue, the Elevate America Veterans initiative. It’s…


Recognizing 20 Years of Bridging the Divide

Andrea L. Taylor, Director, North America Community Affairs, Microsoft Since 2006 when I began leading Microsoft’s North America Community Affairs program, there have been countless visits to the nation’s capital for important events including the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2008. This week’s trip, however, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Faith &…