Microsoft today announced a five-year, $1.5 billion investment plan in Italy. At the same time, Microsoft also announced that it will open its first data center area in Milan. Microsoft will also expand its partnership with Poste Italiane, launch a digital skills training program, provide Access to AI Hubs and projects for small and medium-sized businesses, and launch a Sustainability Alliance in the country.
Microsoft says Poste Italian, Italy’s largest service distribution network, is expanding partnerships to promote innovation among developers, start-ups, businesses and public authorities.
The new data center area in Milan will provide businesses with access to Microsoft’s enterprise-class cloud services.
The “Ambizione Italia #DigitalRestart” also includes a focus on the development of approximately 1.5 million students, professionals and unemployed citizens over the next three years, together with partner Fondazione Mondo Digitale and the Partner Academy program.
Microsoft and local stakeholders will launch a sustainability alliance dedicated to providing technology solutions that help the public and private sectors create solutions to improve sustainable development in Italy.
“I am proud to announce our $1.5 billion investment plan for Italy. The program will support businesses across the country to sustain and rebuild their businesses, explore new entrepreneurial opportunities, help address some of the country’s most difficult challenges, while meeting critical security and compliance needs. We see great potential to accelerate innovation in national ecosystems through cloud services, AI, and digital skills training. “Our mission is to empower the people and organizations in Italy to achieve more,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations and President of Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations.