On April 28, 2021, Microsoft Corp. held a virtual red-carpet event to showcase supplier achievements and live-reveal winners of the 2021 Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Prestige Awards, hosted by Dametra Johnson-Marletti, corporate vice president of Store Category Management at Microsoft
"MSP Prestige Awards recognize suppliers that exemplify the MSP pillars of strategy, priority, agility and modernization in the arenas of sustainability, accessibility, inclusion, representation and community contributions. This year's awards were reimagined to align with Microsoft values, while instilling a sense of partnership with MSP's business-critical, diverse and enterprise suppliers.
MSP set out to be intentionally disruptive, to encourage healthy competition and provide inspiration for the entire community. After opening remarks by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, a lineup of presenters and guest speakers from Microsoft and partner companies announced winners across 10 categories..."
Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year
- Revenue was $41.7 billion and increased 19%
- Operating income was $17.0 billion and increased 31%
- Net income was $15.5 billion GAAP and $14.8 billion non-GAAP, and increased 44% and 38%, respectively
- Diluted earnings per share was $2.03 GAAP and $1.95 non-GAAP, and increased 45% and 39%, respectively
- GAAP results include a $620 million net income tax benefit explained in the Non-GAAP Definition section below
"Over a year into the pandemic, digital adoption curves aren't slowing down. They're accelerating, and it's just the beginning," said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. "We are building the cloud for the next decade, expanding our addressable market and innovating across every layer of the tech stack to help our customers be resilient and transform."
Regardless of industry, digital transformation and adoption of digital tools at scale are among the most strategic decisions any organization can make and can have lasting impact on business outcomes
"At the same time, digital technology must be the servant of business outcomes, allowing organizations to realize efficiencies across their business, harness data to deliver differentiated customer experiences, make collaboration seamless wherever employees are located and thwart emerging security threats. This is the foundation of co-innovation with our customers and partners, and how we work together to ensure their digital strategy is aligned to business outcomes and delivers measurable value..."
More than 1 billion people around the world live with a disability, and at some point, most of us likely will face some type of temporary, situational or permanent disability
"The practical impacts are huge. Employment and education rates are lower and poverty rates are higher for people with disabilities. And unfortunately, societal inclusion for this critical community has been flat for 30 years. Yet if there is one thing we have learned from 25 years of work on accessibility at Microsoft, it's this: People with disabilities represent one of the world's largest untapped talent pools, but we all need to act with bolder ambition to empower disabled talent to achieve more.
Fortunately, there is cause for optimism in closing what the World Bank rightly calls a disability divide. Digital technology can play a critical role in bridging barriers to communication, interaction and information. That's why today we're announcing the next phase of our accessibility journey, a new technology-led five-year commitment to create and open doors to bigger opportunities for people with disabilities..."
I often share this quote by the French author and aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it."
"Throughout my career at Microsoft I've been proud to play a part in enabling a safer, healthier, more sustainable and fairer future for our planet by supporting social entrepreneurship. It has helped me align my personal purpose with the purpose of Microsoft.
We only do well when the world does well.
Microsoft's Global Social Entrepreneurship Program was created in early 2020, after we asked ourselves how we could further empower purpose-driven social enterprises that measure success not just by the profit they generate, but by the good they do. We know that technology plus purpose is powerful and lifts us all up..."
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