To help support ongoing relief efforts, Microsoft is making an initial commitment of $2 million, which includes $250,000 in cash as well as in-kind contributions. Microsoft Asia Pacific and US employees may also utilize matching programs that are in place.
This commitment is in addition to the support efforts we already have underway including:
- Reaching out to customers, local government, inter-government and nonprofit agencies to support relief efforts.
- Working with customers and partners to conduct impact assessments.
- Providing free incident support to help customers and partners impacted by the earthquake get their operations back up and running.
- Offering free temporary software licenses to all impacted customers and partners as well as lead governments, nonprofit partners and institutions involved in disaster response efforts.
- Making a cloud-based disaster response communications portal, based on Windows Azure, available to governments and nonprofits to enable them to communicate between agencies and directly with citizens.
- Providing Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online at no cost for 90 days to business customers in Japan whose communications and collaboration infrastructure may be affected. We hope this will help them resume operations more quickly while their existing systems return to normal.