Mi­cro­soft tar­gets NGOs in new strat­egy

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

CYN­THIA ILAKO / Mi­cro­soft, the gi­ant com­puter soft­ware maker, has launched a flex­i­ble, en­ter­prise grade cloud com­put­ing plat­form in its on­go­ing en­gage­ment with non­profit and non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions. The Mi­cro­soft Azure, which is part of Pub­lic Cloud for Good global ini­tia­tive, will cost $1 bil­lion (Sh101 bil­lion) in cloud com­put­ing re­sources. It tar­gets 70,000 non­profit en­ti­ties and NGOs world­wide. The ini­tia­tive to en­roll 10,000 NGOs in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa will take place in the next three years. “(This) con­firms that Mi­cro­soft is on a mis­sion to em­power ev­ery 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,” Mi­cro­soft Kenya coun­try man­ager Kunle Awosika (pic­tured) said.

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