Microsoft is working on a web site devoted to promote its public sector initiatives. The web site or digital magazine as Microsoft calls it, is called "Publicyte" launched the site earlier this week.
Publicyte is part of a new and small seven person group at Microsoft called the office of civic innovation. It has its headquarters in Washington DC. Microsoft isn't doing all of this totally out of the goodness of its heart. The PC World article states that Microsoft has been competing with one of its big rivals, Google, to provide technology and software to the public sector indistry. The launch of this special office and of the Publicyte web site seem to be launched as a way to better show that Microsoft cares about this particular division of business, notes Pc Magazine.
Dr. Mark Drapeau, in a note on the web site states:
"Every day at Publicyte, we will discuss cutting-edge technology, share public sector stories, and provide thought leadership about how American progress and public good are being both disrupted and benefited by the rapid innovation era we are living through." Currently articles on the web site include how law enforcement has been using technology to catch child predators, how Microsoft is assisting the Voter Information Project to help citizens learn more about elections and how the "&" in "R&D" works via a Microsoft made infographic (see second embed below).
Here's the inforgraphic referenced in the quote above: