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Record software donations
Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $50 million dollars’ worth of software to over 3,300 community organisations.
As we monitor the current and potential impacts of the Queensland floods, Microsoft Australia is undertaking a number of steps to help address relief efforts.
There are three fairly standard reactions I receive when I am telling people about the work Microsoft is undertaking with Governments and community partners to improve lives and drive national competitiveness and first up is usually surprise! I find people are generally unaware of the breadth and depth of work we are doing at a grass roots level in areas such as access to technology, skills training, disaster response and the fight against human trafficking. They are also generally surprised by the amount of this work being undertaken specifically in Asia Pacific.
Although New Zealand and Australia have a long tradition of sporting rivalry, the similarities between the two countries outweigh their differences. The Australasian governments are on the same page in believing that a modern national digital infrastructure is a key ingredient of their respective country’s future economic and societal health.
In response to the devastating floods in Queensland, Microsoft Australia is making a contribution to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal in addition is matching donations made this month to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, Australian Red Cross and RSPCA Queensland by full time employees.