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When much of the world began sheltering at home due to COVID-19, Microsoft saw unprecedented demand for its cloud services. Here’s how employees worked to ensure Azure services could continue to scale and to help customers on the front lines of the pandemic response.
An experimental Microsoft datacenter submerged beneath the sea in Scotland’s Ornkey Islands is processing workloads for the global, distributed Folding@home computing project to understand the viral proteins that cause COVID-19 and design therapeutics to stop them.
In the before-quarantine time, Lauv, a musician and independent producer who has talked openly about his experiences with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, found a path to stability through therapy, medication and meditation. Now, as people around the world deal with isolation and other challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, he thinks it’s more important than ever to help others find tools for mental health.
When the COVID-19 virus shuttered schools, teachers turned to technology to communicate with students and conduct online lessons. Some are learning unexpected ways these tools strengthen connections and even build kids’ enthusiasm for doing classwork, perhaps offering a framework for navigating future hurdles — like snow days.
When Microsoft Store locations closed worldwide in March, nearly 2,000 Store associates pivoted to remote customer support in a new emergency plan. Their work is now helping schools, communities, small businesses and enterprises during a difficult time.
Microsoft’s Redmond campus is vacant, save a group of determined volunteers. Members of Microsoft’s dining team have been reporting to work every morning to repackage and repurpose café lunches to help support local students and families, while maintaining an important link with local suppliers.
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