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I’ve often said that U.S. cities are the launch pad for innovation. That’s why I’m excited that Microsoft is the premier sponsor of a first-of-its-kind event focused on the intersection of technology and urban life: Smart Cities NYC ’17, May 3-6. It’s an ideal match for our Microsoft CityNext initiative, which we started in 2013 to empower more sustainable, prosperous and economically competitive cities.

I’m especially looking forward to moderating a panel discussion on how smart cities are leveraging the cloud to better serve constituents. Here are a few examples of innovation using our Microsoft Azure and Azure Government cloud platforms:

Urban mobility and transportation:

Health and human services:

Public safety:


Microsoft also is proud to be the first technology company in the country to achieve Gold Level of Zero Waste Certification for our Redmond, Wash., campus, recognizing our work to divert at least 90 percent of food, office and construction waste away from landfills.

We’ll look forward to discussing more cloud-based solutions at Smart Cities NYC ’17 and demonstrating our Azure and Azure Government platforms, which support nearly 6 million government users across 7,000-plus federal, state and local organizations, and fulfill stringent security and compliance requirements. For example:

If you can’t join us at Smart Cities NYC ‘17, please take advantage of our free trials of Microsoft Azure, Azure Government and Office 365 U.S. Government to experience the most trusted, comprehensive cloud for your smart city solutions. More information also is available at: