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Microsoft celebrates Pride Month with its most inclusive lineup of products yet

Microsoft Pride 2021 4
Microsoft Pride 2021 4 (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • June is Pride Month, and Microsoft's new lineup celebrates LGBTQI+ communities.
  • Microsoft has Pride themes for Xbox, Microsoft 365 apps, Skype, Edge, and Pride skins for Surface devices.
  • A $150,000 donation from Microsoft will go to nonprofits around the world that fight for LGBTQI+ equity.

June is Pride Month, and Microsoft is celebrating in several ways across several of its brands. You can grab Pride themes for Xbox consoles, Microsoft 365 apps, Skype, Microsoft Edge, and your Windows 10 PC. You can also pick up a Pride skin for your Surface device and Pride gear, such as shirts. Microsoft says that its collection of Pride-themed products is the largest and most inclusive that it's ever had.

In addition to having a wide range of ways for people to express their pride, Microsoft is donating $150,000 to nonprofits that help LGBTQI+ communities. Here's the full list of nonprofits selected by LGBTQI+ communities at Microsoft:

In a blog post (opens in new tab) on its Pride efforts, Microsoft vice president and chief marketing officer Chris Capossela discusses the company's efforts.

That's why this Pride, the LGBTQI+ communities at Microsoft invite everyone to join in our call for justice and equity, as we highlight how societal issues that are often seen as separate and unrelated impact us all. The challenges we face are hard to solve. But as the stories of Microsoft employees and activists show, if we come together, we can make an impact and create change.

This year's Pride-themed products include 19 different LGBTQI+ flags. Several designs incorporate multiple flags coming together.

Microsoft will also host a virtual "Together, we can" event on Thursday, June 24 at 10 AM PT.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

4 Comments
  • It's no longer equality, but equity.
  • Do you have a problem with either word in this context? Or in another?
  • Dictionary definitions of "equity" include: 1. justice according to natural law or right
    specifically : freedom from bias or favoritism 2. the quality of being fair or impartial; fairness; impartiality 3. the situation in which everyone is treated fairly and equally Why is it that you seem to be casting that as a bad thing?
  • XPride.
    I can within belong movement for blacks, gays, politics, others.