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Microsoft has just announced the following.
Today Microsoft Philanthropies announced it will donate $1 billion of Microsoft Cloud services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years to serve the public good. The new global donation, grant, and discount program will make Microsoft Cloud services — including Azure, Power BI, CRM Online, and Enterprise Mobility — available to nonprofit organizations by donation or at significant discounts. The program will build upon the successful Office 365 Nonprofit offering.
New services will begin to roll out for qualifying nonprofit organizations beginning this spring. Microsoft Philanthropies aims to serve 70,000 nonprofits over the next three years with these Microsoft Cloud services.
Cloud computing has emerged as a vital resource for addressing the world's problems, helping fuel breakthroughs across a broad range of social and economic challenges. It is improving the ability of organizations to access and examine data, and to learn and make predictions from it.
Across communities, countries, and continents, it is delivering solutions to enhance collaboration, productivity and agility. And, it is bringing such benefits without the burden and cost of managing IT infrastructure. For these reasons, Microsoft Philanthropies is committed to bringing the full power and promise of cloud computing to nonprofit organizations who are every day working to address society's most challenging problems.
Office 365 Nonprofit and other cloud services are available today today. Go to Microsoft's Nonprofits page to get started and determine your eligibility.
To stay informed on future cloud offerings, follow Microsoft Philanthropies on Twitter at @msphilanthropic.
For more general information about Microsoft Philanthropies, visit the Microsoft Philanthropies page.