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COVID-19 and Digitization

Covid-19 and Digitization, with Covid-19 impacting the world and every aspect of our daily lives: our social interactions, our family life, our communities and mostly our work. Almost the entire world went into lock-down. Schools, Offices, markets, public places, religious places – everything closed and every government-imposed restriction on any form of social gathering. But our economies can’t be closed. Within weeks of the lock-down, businesses made a quantum leap in digital adoption. It seems as if someone has pressed both the pause and fast-forward buttons simultaneously. Schools and collages shifted to online classes, offices migrated to work-from-home, events shifted to video conferencing and webinars, and a lot more changes. 

Microsoft being a tool provider has connected the dots through its service providers and have assisted organizations of all sizes to build the digital environment required to handle current challenges. In the words of Satya Nadella, “we have seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.” 

Be it remote teamwork and learning, sales and customer service or critical cloud infrastructure and security, the demand has increased, and Microsoft team has been rigorously working to meet the current needs. “We saw more than 200 million meeting participants in a single day this month, generating more than 4.1 billion meeting minutes,” Nadella said. 

Moreover, Office 365 now has 258 million paid seats, usage of Windows virtual desktop has tripled. Microsoft 365 Personal and Family now has more than 39 million subscribers. Windows 10 has more than 1 billion monthly active devices and 50 million developers on GitHub.

CFO Amy Hood said, “To meet this demand the company has invested heavily in more server capacity. Supply chain constraints easing, we expect a material sequential increase in our capital expenditures to support growing usage and demand for our cloud services.” 

According to a recent study, there will be a need for 149M new jobs by 2025 and more importantly the need for people to be trained for those new digital roles. Unemployment rates are spiking for people of colour and women, younger workers, people with disabilities and individuals with less formal education. 

“COVID-19 has created both public health and an economic crisis, and as the world recovers, we need to ensure no one is left behind,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. That being said, Microsoft has launched a Global Skills initiative which aims to help 25 million people worldwide to acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 Economy by the end of 2020. 

This overall strategy will combine existing and new resources from Microsoft, including LinkedIn and GitHub, and will be grounded in three areas of activity: 

  1. Use data to identify in-demand skills and jobs. 
  2. Offer free access to learning paths and skilling resources needed for the in-demand jobs. 
  3. Connect these skills to low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools to help people pursue these jobs.

These resources will be available online in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish. 

Microsoft has also committed $20 million in cash grants to help nonprofit organizations worldwide who are assisting the people who need it most. For employers, Microsoft announced it is creating a new learning app in Microsoft Teams designed to help employers’ skill and up-skill new and current employees as people return to work and as the economy adds jobs. 

Evolvous Limited, Microsoft Service Provider is providing free support to whoever needs help to get familiar/trained with Teams, SharePoint, Skype, Office 365 to enable people to work remotely in the wake of Coronavirus. So far, we have conducted 26 free training sessions. We will continue our free training sessions and if you know any organizations or individuals who are looking for help. Please direct them to us

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