Microsoft Supports “School in the Cloud”

By Akhtar Badshah, senior director, Citizenship and Public Affairs At the TED Vancouver conference this week, a remarkable education innovator, Sugata Mitra who I have known since early 2000, announced the opening of five School in the Cloud labs in India and the United Kingdom. He’s also launching the accompanying digital platform, built by Microsoft,…


Teachers Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators – Today!

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs More than a thousand global education innovators are in Barcelona this week for the Microsoft in Education Global Forum. As I listen to the many conversations among teachers unfold, I’m inspired – but certainly not surprised – by their passion to make a real difference in…


The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy bridges one great career to another

By Daniel Sytman, Senior Public Relations Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs In a post today on the Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith officially announced the launch of the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA). The MSSA is an intense, 16-week course helping service…


College Success Foundation Partners with Microsoft on the HERO Initiative in Washington, D.C.

By Monica Gray, Director of Programs, College Success Foundation – District of Columbia At the College Success Foundation, we are thrilled to be partnering with Microsoft on our Higher Education Readiness Opportunity (HERO) Summer Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. The program is designed to increase college readiness for 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade underrepresented…


Good Read: Celebrating Malala Day

By Karen Bergin, Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs Did you know that one out of every four adults worldwide is functionality illiterate? This represents 793 million people. Addressing illiteracy around the world is a huge challenge because it is often the most silent. Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs General Manager, Lori Harnick, posted a…


A New Era of Digital Learning: Office 365 Education

"The newest release of Office 365 Education will help bring educators and students together to embrace the ever-increasing opportunities of this new era of digital learning." -Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft As part of Microsoft YouthSpark — our companywide initiative to empower 300 million youth through education, employment, and entrepreneurship —…


Microsoft Adds the Cherokee Language to Windows 8

Editor’s note: Today we’re announcing support for the Cherokee language in Windows 8 as part of the Microsoft Local Language Program. The availability is a testament to the Cherokee Nation and their continued commitment to strengthen their language and sustain their culture for future generations. By Carla Hurd, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Local Language Program…


Expanding Computer Science Education in High Schools

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs It’s estimated that by 2018, there will be 1.5 million computer science related jobs available in America, but only 29% of those jobs will be met by U.S. graduates. At a time when five of the top ten fastest growing jobs will be in a…


Microsoft YouthSpark: A new chapter in Citizenship at Microsoft

Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Earlier today our CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a new company-wide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people over the next three years. We’ve created Microsoft YouthSpark in response to the challenges facing youth around the world. The nature of the challenges vary region-by-region,…


Microsoft Office 365 for education–now available

Today we’ve announced that Office 365 for education, which provides Office Web Apps, Exchange Online (for email and scheduling), SharePoint Online (for collaboration) and Lync Online (for communications) is available for schools at not cost. Here’s more From Anthony Salcito’s blog: “As schools face ever-tightening budgets and the pressure to innovate, Microsoft is offering enterprise…