Microsoft has been a pioneer in workplace diversity and it was one of the first companies in the world to offer employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners and to include sexual orientation in its corporate nondiscrimination policy. They even have an employee resource group—Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees at Microsoft (GLEAM) which now has more than 2000 members. In fact, Microsoft has earned a 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index and the designation as a Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for nine years in a row! Recently, Pride parades was conducted in London and Seattle. Microsoft employees participated in it to show their support and Microsoft as an organization also supported it with lots of resources. Check out some of the photos below to see their parade activities. Microsoft was well represented at both the Pride in London and Seattle Pride Parades in 2014!  In London, ...

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A persistent complaint we hear is that Microsoft’s services, for a global company, is extremely US-centric. Hopefully their partnership with Nokia will help change it. One of the first fruits of that collaboration is that Microsoft Steetview, their Google Streetside competitor, is coming to Europe, courtesy of Nokia’s Navteq mapping cars (pictured above). Microsoft will apparently start by snapping London between March and June 2011, according to their schedule here, and unlike Streetside will not aim to map the whole city and all the streets in the country, but will stick to the business district and tourist attractions, ostensibly to protect privacy, but a limitation which I feel will reduce the value of the project immensely. Both Microsoft and Nokia have earlier said that mapping technology will be one of the lynchpins of their collaboration, with Microsoft planning to use it for location-based advertising and the two planning to share ...

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