On Saturday, April 25th, a massive earthquake hit Nepal (located near China and India), causing more than 6,500 people to be injured and over 3,000 people to be killed. Microsoft has expressed their sympathies in a new blog post and is offering a minimum of $1 million in donations to help in the rescue and recovery efforts.
"Microsoft is deeply saddened by the devastating events of the Nepal earthquake and we extend our deepest sympathies to all whom have been impacted. We are providing a minimum of $1 million in donations of cash, technology and services to the rescue and recovery effort in Nepal," the company stated.
Microsoft will be providing an immediate monetary donation to NetHope, supporting their non-profit deployment and response operation. Microsoft is also offering free Skype calls to landlines and mobile phones in and out of Nepal for free, effective immediately.
Microsoft has also activated their internal employee "Giving" web site to encourage and match donations from Microsoft employees to first-responder organizations in the region, including American Red Cross, Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Mercy Corps and World Vision.
You can read more about Microsoft's initiative to help those affected in Nepal by visiting this link.