………..Microsoft commits to offer the most comprehensive cloud services donations program that empowers
non-profits to digitally transform their business, and transform the world.
… As part of its Philanthropies division and its ‘Modern
Non-profit’ campaign, Microsoft has announced that it will be making Microsoft Azure – the
company’s open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing platform – available to eligible
non-profit and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Qualifying NGO’s will receive
credits for Microsoft’s Azure services that can be renewed annually. After credits run out,
the subscription will convert into the commercially available “pay as you go offer,” and rates
are available here.
This forms part of Microsoft’s ‘Public Cloud for Good’ initiative, through which it will donate
$1 billion in cloud computing resources over the next three years to 70,000 non-profits and
NGOs worldwide. The target is to have 10,000 NGO’s in Sub Saharan Africa using these
resources within the next three years.
Microsoft Kenya Country Manager, Kunle Awosika said that the gesture is part of the firm’s
global mission to empower individuals and organizations achieve more by using mutual
partnerships. “Today’s announcement confirms that Microsoft is on a mission to empower
every www.topambienonline.com person and organisation on the planet to achieve more by investing in technology,
employees and partnerships, to drive greater inclusion and empowerment of people who do
not have access to technology and the opportunities it enables,” he said.
Microsoft Azure’s cloud services help organisations accelerate innovation with integrated
intelligence that powers insights and decision-making, supports a broad selection of
operating systems, and provides industry-leading security.
Microsoft also offers an industry-leading donation program which includes free/discounted
services including Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite,
Power BI and more. More details here
Through this campaign, NGOs can access Microsoft data centres around the world, as well
as its computing and storage power, to develop and run their applications and to manage
relationships with donors, volunteers and beneficiaries. They can also manage all of their
devices, applications and data on a cross-platform basis.
With Azure coming online for non-profits, Microsoft now offers the most comprehensive
and industry-leading donations programme, providing cloud services that empower non-
profit organisations to digitally transform their business, and transform the world.
For the full list of cloud products available for free/at discount for qualifying non-profits,
please visit https://www.microsoft.com/nonprofits