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Microsoft donates $1bn in cloud computing to NGOs and uni researchers

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By John McCarthy | Media editor

January 20, 2016 | 2 min read

Microsoft will distribute over $1bn of Microsoft Cloud Service to an estimated 70,000 non-profit organisations and 900 university research projects to display the social good its services can provide.

The three year commitment, spearheaded by Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, will see each participants’ data stored remotely in the cloud, making said data easier to access across the web.

With the pledge, Microsoft enables free web storage in addition to improving "last mile" internet connectivity in countries with less than adequent infrastructure.

He said: “Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organisations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services - the most transformative technologies of our generation.

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“Now more than 70,000 organisations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition and drive new growth equally.”

He made the comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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