Microsoft launched its CityNext initiative more than a year ago and since then they have partnered to work with number of cities in various countries around the world. Today, Microsoft highlighted their work in China regarding their CityNext initiative. The Microsoft CityNext initiative enables Microsoft to offer deeper and better service to Chinese cities by engaging our vast ecosystem of partners to enable cities to do both “more with less” and “New with Less.” By transforming their existing infrastructure and investments, connecting and streamlining operations across many city functions, and engaging citizens and businesses in solving their toughest challenges, Microsoft CityNext is accelerating innovation and opportunities for cities globally. Based on local understandings of Chinese urbanization, Microsoft is working closely with several Chinese cities to solve immediate challenges while laying the foundation for the future. For example, in December 2013, the administrative committee of the Xi Xian New District of ...

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    Microsoft has joined other companies Goodwill Industries, Xerox and Sony America as a founding member of R2 Leaders. R2 Leaders are organizations that encourage use of the R2 Standard and have demonstrated a commitment to the safe, sensible and sustainable repair and recycling of used electronics. Microsoft by joining R2 Leaders have shown their commitment towards safe recycling of electronics by following the requirements relating to environmental, health, safety, and security aspects of electronics reuse and recycling. The R2 Standard overlaps with a number of existing Microsoft activities and programs. For example, Microsoft already has in place a global network of suppliers responsible for removal, reuse and disposal of retired Microsoft IT assets in compliance with local and national data security and environmental regulations. When selecting IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) suppliers, certifications like R2, e-stewards and ADISA are included in the supplier selection criteria. Microsoft also operates recycling ...

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Microsoft wants to make finding environmental data as simple as clicking on a map. To make this a reality Microsoft has introduced FetchClimate, a tool that makes locating environmental information easy. By drawing a box around a geographic area you’re and selecting the environmental information wanted, you can view the data on Bing Maps within seconds. FetchClimate calculates data uncertainty, so you know how reliable the information is, and the tool allows you to specify precisely the size of the area and the period of time for your query. FetchClimate runs in the cloud, on Microsoft Azure, meaning there is no physical limit on how much information can be added. You can not only look at historical climate data but also peer into the future, as Microsoft has included forecast data from the latest climate simulation experiments. For example, you can see what the predicted temperature or precipitation in your area will be in 2050. The Computational ...

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