Microsoft is taking its software into green territory. The company recently signed an agreement with Yello Strom, a Cologne, Germany-based electricity supplier, to help people better understand how their electricity is being used in their homes. The program shows how much electricity is being used by individual appliances such as the refrigerator, microwave and home entertainment system.
Microsoft also partnered with Fiat Group Automobiles to develop ecoDrive, a program to improve environmentally friendly driving. The tool analyzes a motorists' driving style and recommends a greener way to drive. Microsoft is also sharing best practices for data centers with the goal of helping companies learn energy-savings tactics from each other.