Thoughts from Microsoft Ireland

A random collection of news and links about Microsoft Ireland by Tom Murphy

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  • Blog Post: Partnering for Success conference explores how NGOs can address emerging challenges

    Last week in Croke Park, the “Partnering for Success” conference took place with over 200 attendees and a waiting list of over 80 organisations.  The event provided Irish community and voluntary sector (C&V) organisations with an insight into the leadership and management challenges facing organisations...
  • Blog Post: How technology changes lives…

    Last Friday we hosted the annual Enable Ireland National Assistive Technology (AT) course graduation at our building in Sandyford.  It’s the fourth year we’ve hosted the ceremony and it’s a fantastic event. The course is designed, by Siobhan Long and her incredibly hard working team Enable Ireland...
  • Blog Post: Enable Ireland-Microsoft partnership recognised as CSR best practice

    This week marks the second annual Corporate Responsibility Week in Ireland, an initiative driven by Business in the Community Ireland (BITC). As part of the Corporate Responsibility week, BITC have published the fifth "Inspiring Excellence" publication, which provides case studies on Corporate...
  • Blog Post: Irish companies need to re-think how they dispose of old PCs

    Microsoft Ireland is asking Irish companies to re-assess how they manage the disposal of end-of-life PCs and to consider the re-use of the computers they’re replacing. Currently the vast majority of Irish business PCs end up in storage or landfill but the Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher (MAR)...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: How ICT training helps people to reach employment

    The University of Washington has published a case study looking at how the Digital Community Programme is addressing the issue of long-term unemployment in Dublin's inner-city. The programme focusing on the provision of IT access and training to people living in the inner city flat complexes and provides...
  • Blog Post: How software helps a youth community programme

    There's an interesting case study online (PDF) about how Laurencetown, Lenaderg, and Tullyish Community Association in Northern Ireland was able to kick-start a youth programme in the local community centre using Microsoft Office and Microsoft Encarta through the technology donations programme. The technology...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches New Online Resource for Nonprofit Groups

    Microsoft is today launching a new online resources for nonprofit organisations. NGO Connection provides a single portal for technology resources, knowledge sharing, community building and real-life examples of how nonprofit organizations are using technology. NGO Connection makes it easy for nonprofits...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases DAISY plug-in for visual impaired computer users

    Microsoft and the DAISY Consortium have announced the availability of a new “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Microsoft Office Word which enables anyone to create content and documents for blind individuals. The “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Word was developed as an open source...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ireland wins Corporate Social Responsibility Award

    I'm delighted to report that Microsoft Ireland won the 2008 ICT Excellence award for Corporate Social Responsibility. The award recognizes how the technology sector has shown leadership in the area of CSR. The judges called out the work Microsoft Ireland is doing in delivering the benefits of technology...
  • Blog Post: Call for Irish Companies to Donate "End of Life" PCs..

    Last year Microsoft Ireland launched a programme designed to encourage companies to donate end-of-life PCs to Irish refurbishers who will service and update the machines, install a fresh copy of Microsoft Windows and channel those machines to schools and charities. The programme has the dual benefits...
  • Blog Post: The rise of "creative capitalism"

    During his keynote address at the World Economic Forum last week, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates outlined his vision for 21st century capitalism - governments, businesses and non-profits working together to use market forces to support capitalism while addressing social inequality. In Bill's own words...
  • Blog Post: CSR in Korea - the Irish link

    Keith Morrison is an Irishman working for the Edelman PR firm in South Korea.  He writes for their local PR blog and besides the fact he's Irish, the other Microsoft Ireland connection is that he used to work on our PR account here.   He's published an interesting report (under the auspices...
  • Blog Post: Interested in finding out about CSR in Ireland?

    If your interested in what kind of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes are being undertaken by companies in Ireland, a great place to start is the Inspiring Excellence 2007 report, which is published by Business in the Community . The report, which was published by BITC at the end of October,...
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