Microsoft partners with USAID to help end extreme poverty by 2030

Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft On Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce that Microsoft is one of 30 inaugural Cornerstone Partners chosen to advance a science and technology-based approach to economic development. The Global Development Lab’s mission is to help end the extreme poverty that affects 1.2 billion…

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Microsoft Translator expanded, Language Toolbox launched in celebration of Mother Language Day

Posted by Carla HurdMicrosoft Local Language Program On Friday, Microsoft announced the expansion of Microsoft Translator with the addition of Welsh and the launch of Language Toolbox, both in celebration of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day. Language Toolbox is a collection of free tools and resources related to Microsoft language technologies. Also on Friday, Microsoft…

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Microsoft focuses on employing and training our nation’s veterans

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues How can the private sector best help our nation’s veterans successfully transition from the military to civilian employment? On Tuesday, leading experts and veterans gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to focus on answering these questions and to explore best practices. The…

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Microsoft asks people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online for Safer Internet Day

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft To mark Safer Internet Day (SID) 2014, Microsoft asks people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online and to make that one thing part of their daily digital routines. As part of this campaign, on Monday we’re launching a new interactive website Safer Online, where individuals…

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Microsoft’s Allyson Knox testifies before Congress on the state of computer science education

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Nov. 15, Microsoft Education Policy and Programs Director Allyson Knox testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S. The hearing, titled “Our Nation of Builders:  Training the…

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Microsoft and Washington state partner to bridge tech skills gap

Posted by Carrie FranceySenior Director of Sales, Marketing & Programs, Microsoft Learning Experience On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Washington State Library to bring Microsoft’s IT Academy online training to more than 385 libraries statewide. The industry-leading technology training will be available to Washingtonians to help prepare them for success in a global…

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Online ‘safety’ as a state of being

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft We’re all very aware of people’s desires to be “safe” and “secure,” and to exist and engage in environments – both online and off – that are built on trust. To define these points as absolute states of being, however, is impractical and unrealistic. Rather, when it…

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Widening our ‘Gateway to the Pacific’

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft With 40 percent of all jobs in Washington state tied to trade, the Seattle region has long been described as “A Gateway to the Pacific.” That idea was at the forefront of conversation as business, civic and government leaders gathered last…

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IDC study reveals skills today’s students need to succeed in tomorrow’s unimagined world

Posted by Cameron EvansU.S. Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Education On Tuesday, Microsoft released findings from an IDC study we commissioned to gain a better understanding of how we can contribute towards well-prepared students. The study identifies the skills and competencies that will be highly valued by employers now and through the year 2020. I often…

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Microsoft releases Annual Citizenship report for fiscal year 2013

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Monday, Microsoft released the 2013 Citizenship Report, which describes our citizenship work in support of our company’s mission during the last fiscal year and shares our vision for what’s to come. Together with our annual financial report, which was also released Monday, it provides a full…

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