Microsoft Canada makes its largest ever software donation - more than $3 million in software and licensing to Canadian Red Cross



    Microsoft Canada surpasses $50 million mark with recent donation

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross is the recipient of
Microsoft Canada's largest ever single software donation. Microsoft Canada
will provide the Canadian Red Cross with more than $3 million in software and
licensing to help them focus on disaster relief efforts and humanitarian aid
in Canada and around the world. The donation also brings Microsoft Canada's
total donations to nonprofits and charities across Canada to more than $50
million since 2004.
    Microsoft Canada's donation includes business software (Windows Vista(R),
Microsoft(R) Office 2007, and SharePoint(R)) as well as developer tools such
as Visual Studio(R), which will help significantly improve internal
communications and business services by making them more interactive for
Canadian Red Cross employees and partners.
    In total, two thousand Canadian Red Cross computers and 15 servers will
be updated. The donation will free up much needed resources for the Canadian
Red Cross to focus on disaster management, first aid, water safety, conflict,
fund development, and health and injury prevention.

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    "When dealing with disaster situations the difference between life and
death can come down to quick and effective response" said Almin Surani, Chief
Information Officer, Canadian Red Cross. "Microsoft Canada's donation will
allow us to store, share and analyze crucial data allowing us to deploy
appropriate emergency solutions in a timely manner."
    "Microsoft Canada is committed to helping organizations with a strong
social agenda help increase their productivity and achieve their long-term
objectives," said Gavin Thompson, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
Canada. "By providing a substantial technology infrastructure to the Canadian
Red Cross, the organization can more effectively manage and deploy its
resources contributing to the well being of people in Canada, and assist
others around the world."

    About Canadian Red Cross

    The Canadian Red Cross (www.redcross.ca) is a member of the International
Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International
Committee of the Red Cross and 186 national Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by
mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

    About Microsoft Canada

    Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting
and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in
Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country
dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place
and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit
www.microsoft.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media Profile: Meg Sinclair, (416) 342-1804,
meg@mediaprofile.com; Canadian Red Cross: Pam Aung Thin, (613) 740-1927,
pam.aungthin@redcross.ca


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