Spot some good? #Goodspotting tells the world

Research has shown that selfless giving by one person can influence many other people to pay it forward, and that’s the simple inspiration behind #Goodspotting. Is your family donating toys to a shelter? Are you and your colleagues sponsoring a family this holiday season? Did your neighbor help another hang his lights? Snap photos of…

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2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup: All Dreams Welcome

Since 2002, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup has served as the springboard for innovative ideas in technology.  The Imagine Cup has engaged thousands of U.S. college and high school students to generate and nurture their entrepreneurship and technology prowess.   Recent competitions have focused on technology ideas that help solve the world’s toughest problems. Now in the event’s…

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It’s Giving Tuesday. What’s on your community’s wish list?

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — they help us score deals on the holiday gifts we give one another, but at Microsoft Silicon Valley, we’re just as excited about what happens today. It’s GivingTuesday, a day when – as families, businesses and individuals – we’re encouraged to turn our focus from what…

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Casting an Educated Vote

Below is a contributed piece from Sid Espinosa, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft Silicon Valley, which appeared in the October issue of LATINO Magazine.Click the image above for a downloadable copy and select ‘download’ in the top right corner. Latinos hold unprecedented political power in this year’s U.S. elections. Experts forecast that more than…

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Photo Tour: Canopy and Microsoft Plant 110 Trees for 500 Students in East Palo Alto

On October 6, more than 500 volunteers of all ages joined Canopy and Microsoft at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto to plant 110 trees. The newly-planted shade and fruit trees will provide over 500 students at Brentwood Academy with a welcoming learning environment. Trees don’t simply provide shade and aesthetics – they also help…

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Santa Clara County chooses Microsoft Office 365

It’s incredibly rewarding to find business synergies with our neighbors, which is why we’re happy to announce that the county of Santa Clara has selected Office 365 as its new communications and collaboration software for all 15,000 of its employees. The efficiencies of using a cloud-based platform will be far-reaching, when you consider that the…

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The 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute knocks down educational obstacles

Microsoft Silicon Valley loves a good challenge, and we love to create opportunities for empowering youth. That’s why we helped bring Hispanic Youth Institute to Silicon Valley three years ago. HYI guides Hispanic students to realize their dreams of higher education and career success, particularly in critical STEM professions. Earlier this month, 120 high school…

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Recap of the social media for non-profits event at Microsoft Silicon Valley

If social media has done one thing, it’s given individuals and organizations of all sizes an equal playing field to voice and amplify their opinion, cause, or brand message to anyone who is willing to listen. Non-profits in particular have been taking advantage of social media outlets to share messaging, inspire volunteers, and raise funds….

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Photo Tour: Environmental Education Comes to Life!

Continuing its strong support of environmental education, Microsoft joined Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto on Sunday, to celebrate the grand opening of the EcoCenter, the Bay Area’s newest environmental education facility.  Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with Environmental Volunteers through grants and volunteerism. Most recently, the two organizations were part of an initiative that…

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Family learning, full STEAM ahead

Parent’s Day was yesterday, and we’re reflecting on the critical role parents play in the success of their children and, in turn, our community. A recent report featured in Education Week evaluated parent involvement in their children’s education over the past decade. The benefits of parent involvement in the educational process are inspiring – according…

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