Text-Free Interfaces for the Illiterate

Most computer applications are difficult to understand for those who are unable to read fluently. The heavy use of text in everything from menus to document content means that those who are illiterate are not able to access functions and services implemented on most computer software. According to the UNESCO, there are over one billion…

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Think Beyond Technology!

On my first trip to India, I remember going to visit a rural village near Bhopal, where the Union Carbide chemical disaster happened. The visit was prompted by stories about a large agriculture conglomerate which had placed the first PC in the village in the home of one of the local farmers. I’ll come back…

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Social Entrepreneurs in the Making

It is Imagine Cup season! Known as the “Olympics of Technology,” Microsoft Imagine Cup is the preeminent student technology competition in the world. This year, over 300,000 students from 100 countries are vying for a chance to compete in the Worldwide Finals in Cairo and all trying to solve the world’s toughest problems.   The…

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What Schools in Burkina Faso, Senegal & Mali Can Teach UP

A year ago, the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group in the Middle East & Africa started a series of pilots in Francophone West Africa, to introduce small-notebook PCs into schools in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali.    Each pilot used Microsoft software running on 50 low-cost, low energy-consumption laptops (Intel-powered Classmate PCs in Burkina Faso and…

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U.S. Imagine Cup Winners – Team MultiPoint Web

After three days of intense competition from technology students across the country, the winner of the U.S. software design finalist for this year’s Imagine Cup was announced today.  Congratulations to Team MultiPoint Web!  Jimmy, Mark and Luke Dickinson, three brothers from Oregon attending Georgia State University, Portland Community College & Tigard High School respectively, took…

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Made in India to transform education worldwide

Indian concept, global appeal Recently Microsoft India has experienced two very welcome “returns”. The first returnee was Amit Mital, an Indian working at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond as global head of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group. The second was MultiPoint, a technology which, while conceived and designed in India and now very popular in other parts of…

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