A Mouse, 500 Employees, and the Commitment to Build a Strong Community

Jon Fine, CEO, United Way of King County In 1983, Microsoft introduced the first version of Microsoft Word, a product that would go on to revolutionize word processing and software interface. The same year, came the Microsoft Mouse, a device we all take for granted now, that changed the way we interacted with our PC’s…


New Grass on Old Turf

Vikas Goswami, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Microsoft India “Helping people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential” is not just a tag line at Microsoft; it is our way of life, work and fun. For the last five years it has been incorporated into my DNA. I see opportunities nay seek opportunities…


2010 was the biggest year of employee giving so far…

When you visit a Microsoft office and discover that it’s been transformed from a place of work to an amphitheater for a keenly contested rock-paper-scissors contest, or when you overhear people discussing an ongoing bidding war for the world’s best baloney sandwich, then chances are you’re witnessing Microsoft’s employee giving at first hand. Each year…


The Magic of Mouse Mischief in Haiti

Cynthia Bogard, Edeyo Foundation How long does it take kids who have never seen a computer before to “get” how to manipulate a mouse to make it click on an answer or choose a color and draw a circle? About 15 minutes, if our students in Haiti are any indication.   Students at Edeyo School…


Preparing Today’s Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft Education Note: Cross posted from the Microsoft on the Issues blog. This week, people from around the world will gather at two education events in London – the Education World Forum (EWF) and the BETT trade show – to discuss how technology can help improve the state of education…


Building Haiti Back Better

Kristin Peterson, Inveneo CEO and Co-Founder The Haitian education system had its challenges before the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Eighty percent of schools were private. Both public and private schools were under-resourced in basic infrastructure – from classrooms to teachers – and had little, if any, access to information and communication technologies (ICT). “It wasn’t…

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Rebuilding Haiti, One Story At a Time

Frank Schott, Global Program Director, NetHope One year later, another chance to reflect upon the international humanitarian response to the earthquake’s devastation in Haiti. There are many stories to tell; some that are filled with inspiration and courage and others that are filled with disappointment and failure. Though there will undoubtedly be a great deal…