If you spend just a few minutes looking into some of the things that Microsoft has done around the world, you'll notice immediately the dedication that they have to empowering humanity by using technology in positive, innovative ways. Even when Microsoft isn't directly responsible, the products that they make are designed in such a way that individuals with ambition and passion can use them to forge a better world for themselves and the people around them.
When Microsoft is involved, however, it's even more likely to result in fantastic doors being opened to a better future. A new interactive web page has been launched by Microsoft recently to help celebrate some of the advances that people have made with the assistance of Microsoft's revolutionary technology, and it serves as a great reminder that we can all, as Microsoft has been so keen on reminding us, "do great things."
The website features Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reflecting on some of the stories in 2015 he found most inspiring, ranging from innovative use of games and apps to bringing internet connectivity somewhere that previously had no hope of getting online. The stories are all inspiring to the highest caliber, and should serve to give us all a bit of hope for the new year - certainly, the folks here at WinBeta are all eager to see what ground is going to be broken in the coming year, Microsoft-related or otherwise.
The website had 11 different examples of how technology has empowered people this past year, and they're all excellent. Stories like the one behind Limbitless Solutions - an organization which designs bionic prosthetic limbs for children - and the one behind Minecraft's "Hour of Code" tutorial - a program which used Minecraft to help kids use the pre-established game logic to learn coding - both made strides towards bettering the next generation. In other parts of the world, technology is being used to maintain sacred cultures, like it is for the Arhuacos, an indigenous community that makes their home in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. Microsoft also had a hand in Mawingu's effort to use TV "white spaces" to bring internet connectivity to previously unconnected parts of Kenya.
Microsoft has made too many strides to count in their effort to empower the rest of humanity this year, and with devices like HoloLens reaching out to the stars as the year begins, not even the sky can limit the potential that we have going forward. With Microsoft reaching out in every conceivable direction to make the world a better place, it's hard to imagine being disappointed with any progress that they make in the near future. It's a genuinely exciting prospect to think about the good being done in the world with the technology being brought about by Microsoft, and we can't wait to see the list of their achievements grow larger each day.