Microsoft announces new software toolkit to help IT departments tackle the pandemic
Microsoft is launching a new software product to help organisations manage the spread of a communicable disease.
The software, called the Communications Jobs, will allow organisations to automatically detect and isolate individuals infected with the coronavirus and alert them when they become contagious.
The technology can also be used to manage information about employees and workers who may have contracted the virus.
The company is calling the new toolkit the Communications Job toolkit.
The toolkit is currently being used in organisations around the world, including in India, the UK and South Africa, Microsoft said.
“This new tool is designed to be used by organisations across a range of industries and it will also be made available for free to the general public,” the company said in a blog post.
“With the help of this toolkit, organisations can use it to manage communications in a way that meets their own needs and is appropriate for the business environment.”
The company added that it has also been working with governments to develop a new version of the toolkit that could be used in countries where it is not yet available.
“We are now looking into the use of the new Communications Job software in India and the UK to help them deal with the new coronaviral pandemic,” the blog post said.
Microsoft is also announcing a new Microsoft Research programme to help companies develop tools for the new pandemic.