Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) plans to donate $1 billion cloud service to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years.
The donation program is divided into three concrete initiatives: Bringing the cloud service to 70,000 nonprofits over the next three years, serving 900 university researchers with Microsoft Azure and expanding broadband for 20 communities in 15 countries.
The company said they are doing this for public good. Cloud computing is becoming a vital resource to solve the world’s toughest problems. Not just for science and technology challenges, but also for economic and social challenges. “They can also improve communications and problem-solving and can help organizations work in a more productive and efficient manner.” The company said in Blog.
This is also a good way for Microsoft to boost the usage of its cloud products and to compete with other cloud giants like Amazon and Google. The company said that the cloud computing is not yet reach everyone although the number of customers is growing rapidly.
“If we’re going to realize Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, we need to reach those that the market is not yet reaching. We need to reinvent our corporate philanthropy for the next decade, ensuring that we help empower people and organizations the cloud is not yet serving.” The company said in Blog.
The cloud-computing race among Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Microsoft will become more intense in 2016.