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Microsoft and the Walker: The Art of IT

Over the years, Microsoft has been instrumental in keeping the Walker running smoothly. The corporation’s behind-the-scenes software contributions have kept the museum’s infrastructure fresh and efficient in today’s everchanging technological climate. Recently, Microsoft generously granted the Walker its new state-of-the-art software ecosystem for businesses, Office 365. An important part of this update moves e-mail, calendar, and documents to the cloud. This allows the Walker’s staff to stay up to date from wherever they are, a vital feature for traveling curators.

In addition to software donations, the corporation’s staff members provide hands-on training in using their products and helping guide technology strategy and planning as part of a new work group at the Walker. One such employee, P. J. Johnson, an architect in the Microsoft Technology Center in Edina, has always gone that extra mile in supporting the Walker and making sure its technological needs are met: “By working with the Walker, we learn the challenges that face our community organizations and how we must adapt to meet their needs. This relationship has been mutually beneficial, and we appreciate the trust the Walker has placed in Microsoft.”

A Walker data center

Photo: Gene Pittman, ©Walker Art Center