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Editor’s Note: Voices for Innovation leader and AvePoint CMO Dux Raymond Sy shares how his company has stepped forward to support remote work collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these trying times, ...

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We’re proud to support the amazing work of @WADeptHealth. Residents can check to see how those in our community are being affected by #COVID19: ➡️ https://msft.it/6002TegBp

I’m afraid the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare yet another hard reality – the digital divide. Without better broadband access in rural areas, people cannot work from home or connect with others. This is why our #Airband work is so important. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/04/01/coronavirus-internet-speed-broadband-online-learning-school-closures/5091051002/

Have you read our latest blog from VFI leader and @avepoint CMO @meetdux? Learn more about the affect the #broadbandgap has on #remote work collaboration. https://www.voicesforinnovation.org/spread-kindness-extend-grace-give-back-community/?emci=183c97fc-c075-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&emdi=ea000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&ceid=

Here’s another way to support nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic. #GiveWithBing enables you to search and direct donations with a click. Learn more: https://twitter.com/JordiRib1/status/1244667461296783360

More good news coming from @AjitPaiFCC. This is how govt and private sector work together to make a big difference. Bridging the #digitaldivide & bringing more #broadband access. Thank you! @vfiorg https://twitter.com/AjitPaiFCC/status/1238496522049904640

Today, I've announced my plan to make 1,200 MHz across the 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use. One #WiFi innovator has called it “without a doubt the single biggest opportunity in Wi-Fi—and probably in wireless—in a generation.” Huge consumer upside! https://medium.com/@AjitPaiFCC/digging-in-for-the-long-haul-ab144fc62f80

Another great policy development to close the #broadband digital divide: Today @FCC chair @AjitPaiFCC took actions to allow unlicensed use in the #6GHz band of spectrum.

This morning, @GovInslee signed a landmark bill that puts guardrails in place for the use of facial recognition tech, a breakthrough in a polarizing debate. Why this matters: https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/03/31/washington-facial-recognition-legislation/ #WALeg

Thank you Washington @GovInslee for signing the first #facialrecognition technology bill that establishes strong privacy statewide regulations. @Microsoft President @BradSmi gives his thoughts on this significant breakthrough: https://bit.ly/3418aih

How can tech leaders share their expertise and help out during the #COVID19 pandemic? Learn more: https://bit.ly/2JtpXoS

When we #empowHERaccess to equitable economic opportunities for everyone we can help protect businesses from the effects of market interruptions like #COVID19

Let us know how your business has been impacted by the outbreak 👇
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#EachForEqual #Buildfor2030

SHARE > As you may have increased #MicrosoftTeams adoption, @AvePoint will support you in scaling and enabling your org. We'd like to give something back to help: https://lnkd.in/drNTMV7

#MSPartner #Microsoft365 #Office365 #wfhready #remotework #covid19 #coronavirus #MVPBuzz

Our latest blog outlines tips and tools for working remote during the #COVID19 pandemic. Check out these resources from VFI and #MSPartners @CarolLynnGrow and @meetdux.

Microsoft is lending our support to this initiative to help New York meet the challenges of fighting COVID-19. This is a time for industry to come together with government to tackle this crisis. https://twitter.com/JeremyMGoldberg/status/1242568119928963081

Our youth need broadband access to achieve their American Dream. New research from partner @4H highlights the importance of @Microsoft's mission to close the broadband gap. Learn more: http://4-H.org/DigitalImpactSurvey

Attn entrepreneurs and #womenintech: @GlobalWIC is seeking feedback from tech leaders to better understand the financial effects of COVID-19. Take the short survey below to contribute: https://bit.ly/33KtOXK

The #FemaleFoundersComp continues to make strides in funding women-led enterprise tech startups. I'm inspired by the innovation of these 20 incredible finalists and can't wait to see their creative ideas! @M12vc #WomenInTech https://medium.com/@M12vc/announcing-our-female-founders-competition-finalists-f2d3cac55042

With the same commitment to #datasecurity and #dataprivacy #MSFTAdvocate #Microsoft @Archive360 https://twitter.com/vfiorg/status/1240678179733413890

Important @BuzzFeedNews article lists philanthropies helping feed people during this Covid-19 crisis. Proud that Microsoft was a seed funder for one of those profiled, the @SeattleFdn fund which keeps growing as the need does. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashrulla/coronavirus-covid19-organizations-help-food-medical-aid?bftwnews&utm_term=4ldqpgc#4ldqpgc

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