Helping to Save the Great Barrier Reef with Cloud Computing

Microsoft is contributing software, services and technical expertise to address the needs of citizen science on the Great Barrier Reef, an important milestone in bringing the power of technology to the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef. In Townsville, Queensland, Microsoft is joining the eReefs project. This is a collaboration between the Great…


Microsoft Encourages Species Conservation Through New Global Partnership

Climate change poses a real threat to animal species as they struggle to adapt to a warming planet and changing ecosystems. In fact, scientific research in the past decade has found that the impact of climate change could commit 15 to 37 percent of land species to extinction by 2050. Organizations like the International Union…


Microsoft adopts CarbonSystems’ Environmental Sustainability Platform

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure”, is an old management adage that is the motivation for Microsoft’s decision to select and adopt a cloud-based application for automatically capturing and reporting the company’s use of non-renewable resources. Microsoft is committed to ongoing evaluation and improvement of our corporate environmental practices to minimize or improve our…


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…


Spatial Industry Surfaces for Minister

Last week, The Honourable Martin Ferguson AM, MP, Federal Minister for Energy and Resources, delivered the opening address in Canberra at spatial@gov – the premier event for the Australian spatial industry. Minister Ferguson took time to visit Geomatic Technologies (GT), a Microsoft Gold Partner and leading Bing Maps reseller, to see the power of the Surface…

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Are we entering a new era of sustainability?

This month Accenture released their UN Global Compact CEO Study 2010, the largest such study of CEOs ever conducted on the topic of sustainability. The report suggests that we are entering a “new era of sustainability”. This is an era where sustainability is not seen as a separate “feel good” social responsibility initiative but rather…

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Australian Software Industry Gets Exposure in USA

Microsoft and the Australian Government (Austrade) are joining forces to drive entrepreneurship within the Australian software community and support the development, commercialisation and internationalisation of innovative solutions to address global environmental challenges and opportunities. As part of this mission, Microsoft is hosting 6 ISV entrepreneur organisations selected for their high potential and global relevance in…

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Earth 2.0 - Get with the program

On 4th March 2009 Microsoft Australia launched a new staff engagement environmental sustainability program, Earth 2.0. The idea is to play on software releases, reminding us that planet earth ‘is not a beta’ and inviting staff to ‘get with the program’ and to share their vision for the kind of world they want to see….

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