Microsoft celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Microsoft Australia is proud to join others around the world in commemorating the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities today. This year’s theme is Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People with Disabilities – which resonates strongly with our ambition at Microsoft. Our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet…


US$500K to Australian Nonprofits to help #UpgradeYourWorld

Today, I’m thrilled to announce Microsoft Australia’s Windows 10 #UpgradeYourWorldAU community investment of US$500,000 cash, to be shared equally across ten nonprofits that are making a real difference to our local communities. We have selected the first five local nonprofits who will each receive a donation of US$50,000. We now want Australians to have their…


National Panel for Economic Reform Communiqué - Putting People First

The Communiqué released by the Prime Minister following the inaugural meeting of the National Panel for Economic Reform is welcomed by Microsoft Australia. It reiterates the importance to Australia of instituting policy and management reforms across the economy that focus on the goal of achieving long-term productivity gains. While some may see the goal of…


Microsoft ranked #1 for Corporate Social Responsibility in Reputation Institute’s 2012 CSR RepTrak™ 100 Report

Today, the Reputation Institute, one of the world’s leading reputation management consultant firms, announced Microsoft ranked #1 when it released its 2012 CSR RepTrak™ 100 report naming the companies with the best reputations for corporate social responsibility around the world. The study surveyed people around the world to measure their perceptions of companies’ behaviour in…


YouthSpark launches

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has launched Microsoft YouthSpark – an initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people around the world over the next three years. With many countries, including many major economies, struggling to generate economic growth under the burden of substantial private and public sector debt, there is a growing pool of underutilised…


Facts - Climate Change - Sofware Donations

Earlier this week a series of media articles were published around the world (then linked to and repeated in blogs) that made claims about Microsoft and other major corporations funding the Heartland Institute – a US not-for-profit think tank that claims its mission as: “…to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic…


It's the Potential Stupid: Asia Pacific Sees Future in ICT

Amazing! In a world beset with the insecurity that comes when bankers fear lending to bankers (let alone businesses or individuals) it is possible to be lulled into a sense of personal, if not collective dread, for the future of the world. This sense is made more intense by a natural focus on our understanding…


Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report

The Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report shares some of the important work we’re doing in our communities, and our efforts to manage a responsible business. It explains our Citizenship actions in fiscal year 2011 and together with our annual financial report gives a complete picture of our work and highlights our focus for the year ahead. Our…


What we mean by digital inclusion

At a time when the National Broadband Network begins its roll out across Australia, it is important to focus on the need to ensure not just access, but active participation in all communities if the real benefits are to be realised. For a decade now Microsoft has supported “Digital Inclusion” projects, but this notion of…

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