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7th May 2009

Microsoft Canada Makes Its Largest Ever Software Donation

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Microsoft CanadaMississauga – 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 disasterRed Cross 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.

“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’s donation includes business software Windows Vista®, Microsoft® Office 2007, and SharePoint® as well as developer tools such as Visual Studio®, which will help significantly improve internal communications and business services by making them more interactive for Canadian Red Cross employees and partners.

“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.”

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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