Satya Nadella writes in the Financial Times that the donation from Microsoft Philanthropies will address global digital inequalities: “If we are not to be left facing a digital divide between those with access to rich data intelligence and those without, we must find ways to spread the benefits of cloud computing to all.” Wall Street Journal explains that Microsoft’s cloud computing services competes aggressively with Amazon’s cloud platform in this strategic market. BBC notes Facebook’s similar initiative which was criticized for giving large US companies unfair advantage over local competitors.
- [Financial Times] Governments must ensure the benefits of cloud computing are shared widely, writes Satya Nadella: “What if only wealthy societies have access to the data, intelligence, analytics and insights that come from the power of mobile and cloud computing?”
- [Wall Street Journal] Microsoft Gives $1 Billion in Cloud Computing: “The $1 billion figure is based on the market price of cloud services, not the cost to provide them, the company said. Services that will be donated include Azure, the Office 365 application suite and services that help manage mobile devices.”
- [BBC News] Microsoft pledges ‘cloud computing for public good’: “Microsoft will invariably be hit with the same accusation – that a donation over three years will be made in the hope that organisations will become ingrained in the Microsoft cloud ecosystem for many more years to come.”
- [USA Today] Microsoft earmarks $1B for public cloud projects: “The philanthropic gesture is part of a three-pronged approach by the Redmond, Wash-based tech giant, which under Nadella’s two-year stewardship has steadily remade itself into a more nimble cloud- and mobile-first company”
- [Microsoft Blog] Why we need a public cloud for the public good: “Governments are searching for a coherent, pro-cloud policy framework. I believe there are four elements – infrastructure, next generation skills development, trusted computing and leadership.”
- [Latin Post] Microsoft Declares $1B Cloud Donation, With Implicit Silver Linings for Nadella’s Company: “Another classic case of Sillicon Valley “philanthrocapitalism”? There are certainly some conceivable win-win scenarios in this for Microsoft.”
- [Infoworld] 2016: The year we see the real cloud leaders emerge: “Our cloud future will feature a different foursome — Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM — and although public cloud revenues remain a small fraction of those driven by software, growth is by leaps and bounds across the board.”