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Microsoft is donating software worth £5M to the RNLI over the next 3 years.

Photo Caption: RNLI Chief Executive Andrew Freemantle and a Microsoft team taking part in a sea survival training teambuilding experience at the Lifeboat College.

The gift allows the RNLI to use Microsoft software license-free for the next 24 to 36 months.

Andrew Freemantle, Chief Executive of the RNLI commented: ‘This generous donation will greatly assist the RNLI in maintaining its lifesaving services in the current difficult economic climate. This donation gives us the flexibility to continue supporting the roll-out of MOB Guardian, which could help provide 1,500 fishing boats with a safety system over the next 3 years.

Microsoft UK’s Matthew Bishop said: ‘The way the RNLI is using the latest technology to save lives is inspirational. We’re delighted to support the vital work of the RNLI as part of our software grant programme, and look forward to developing many new initiatives in the coming years.’