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Microsoft Citizenship Report for 2015 released

This week we published the Microsoft 2015 Citizenship Report. With Microsoft’s mission as our north star – to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more – the report provides a comprehensive picture of how we strive to be a great corporate citizen, both in living up to our societal responsibilities and by investing in communities through our philanthropic work.

For example, did you know that Microsoft donated more than $922 million in software and services to more than 120,000 nonprofit organizations?  Did you know that, according to the US EPA, Microsoft is the second largest user of green power in the US?  Please take a look at the report and find out a whole new way that Microsoft stands out from our competition!!

Connecting Agencies and Citizens with Office 2016

So how can the new Office help governments meet workforce and citizen expectations while also helping them operate more effectively? Here are just a few of the ways:

Built for teamwork - for better citizens services:

All over the world, governments are working to improve citizen services, and Office 2016 provides them with the tools they need to easily accomplish this goal. From real-time co-authoring to Skype in-app integration that lets users IM, screen share, talk, and video chat right from within their documents, the new Office includes a wide range of innovative technologies that governments can use to collaborate more easily. The new capabilities with Skype for Business give government agencies a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution as part of Office365 to provide better citizen services and engagement.

Works for you - to improve insights:

Business intelligence is built into Office 2016, so governments can gain deeper insight into spending, budgets, and economic data. Analytical features included in Excel 2016 such as Power BI and one-click forecasting enable government leaders to obtain critical insights that guide their policy decisions. These features also help government leaders to operate more transparently, while addressing key security concerns.

The most Secure Office - for better control and compliance:

Office 2016 is the most secure Office ever. It enables governments to better protect sensitive data across different devices and the cloud while ensuring compliance with government policy and regulations. Improved multi-factor authentication streamlines sign-on across the entire Office suite, and data loss prevention features make it easier for administrators to monitor sensitive information needed to enforce compliance requirements.

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Imagine Cup Registration is Open!!

Imagine Cup is a global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications, games and integrates solutions that can change the way we live, work and play.


Registration is now open for this year’s Imagine Cup.  Find out more, including how students can download the development tools, at the Imagine Cup website.  The first challenge?  Create a 3 minute, “Big Pitch” video to impress the judges and make it past the first round.


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