Did Microsoft help during the Covid-19 pandemic?


  1. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella described their telehealth platform software work, as well as a number of collaborative data projects, including the John Hopkins University global COVID-19 confirmed case tracker (Tech Crunch
  2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also released a chatbot assessment tool for COVID-19 that uses Microsoft’s health chatbot tech as its underlying framework (Tech Crunch)
  3. Microsoft is also seeing Teams and Minecraft being used globally for remote learning iniativies designed to supplement in-perosn school closures, and it’s working on machine learning and big data projects to support global research efforts (Tech Crunch)
  4. Microsoft’s Chief Scientific Officer Eric Horvitz announced that it would be providing an open research data set in partnership with colleagues at academic institutions around the world, as well as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Chan Zuckerberg initiative. The data set, called the COVID-19 Open Research Data Set, includes more than 29,000 scholarly articles about the virus, and will grow as more are published (Tech Crunch)
  5. They donated lunches to schools (Onmsft)
  6. IBM, the Energy Department national laboratories, Alphabet Inc.’s Google Cloud, Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Corp. and others, established the Covid-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. Compute resources are being donated to empower researchers around the world to accelerate understanding of the COVID-19 virus and the development of treatments and vaccines to help address infections (XSEDE)
  7. Microsoft will pay hourly workers regularly even if they spend less time on the clock because of coronavirus (CNBC)(TechCrunch)
  8. Microsoft will continue to pay all their vendor hourly service providers their regular pay during this period of reduced service needs (Microsoft)
  9. Microsoft is committing to the Open COVID Pledge by making its patents available free of charge for use in efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize the impact of the disease (Microsoft)
  10. Microsoft is giving workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave because of school disruptions (CNN)
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