Microsoft has long been known for its donations to charities and organizations. Back in March of 2015 the company donated $10,000 to the Girls Who Code organization, Then, in November of 2015, the company donated $2 million in software and cash to the Detroit based non-profit Focus: HOPE. The donations have since continued, and today the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo has announced that Microsoft has donated $1.8 million in cloud services and software to the zoo.
The donations will provide the zoo with significant savings with it comes to servers and desktop software and managing their overall operations. Included in the donation is Microsoft Hyper-V, which allows the zoo to reduce the number of physical servers by virtualizing them. This also will help the zoo cut down on IT costs, the carbon footprint, cooling costs, and other high power requirements.
Also included in the donation are Microsoft Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft End-Point, Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Office.
From cash grants and other support, Microsoft has already shown backing for several cultural institutions in the Seattle area. In fact, Microsoft employees even volunteer at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo in board positions.