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Within the 2006 Microsoft worldwide Citizenship file, we speak about our key citizenship tasks and actions world wide, spotlight a few of our extra major accomplishments in economic yr 2006, and proportion our targets for monetary 12 months 2007.

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Lights automatically turn off if offices are unoccupied for more than 10 minutes. Microsoft also built a reservoir that will capture and recycle some 36,000 cubic meters of rainwater to serve the irrigation needs of the 48-acre campus and run energyefficient, water-cooled air conditioning units. In May 2006, we broke ground on our newest and largest data center to date. The facility, located in Quincy, Washington, will be powered by hydroelectricity from the Columbia River Basin, a renewable and clean air resource.

When Imagine Cup began in 2003, 1,000 students from 25 countries competed for $50,000 in prizes in one invitational division: Software Design. Imagine Cup 2006 drew 65,000 students from more than 100 countries, competing for more than $125,000 in prize money in six invitationals. ” One of the many innovative entries in the 2006 competition was from a team of Brazilian university students, who combined GPS technology with vibrating wrist bands to create a mobile map to help blind people navigate.

In fiscal year 2006, GLFs were held on three continents. Bill Gates gave keynotes at each event, focusing on technology trends that affect governments and their citizens. In New Delhi, at GLF Asia, Microsoft announced a worldwide network of 90 Microsoft Innovation Centers designed to fuel long-term economic growth in regions where the centers are located. The Honourable José Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission, was among the speakers at GLF Europe, in Lisbon. Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, announced the formation of the European Alliance on Skills for Employability as part of Microsoft’s 21st Century Skills for Employability initiative.

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