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Microsoft Advertising partners with The Ad Council and TEACH on a campaign to recruit new teachers
Microsoft Advertising has partnered with The Ad Council and TEACH on a campaign dedicated to recruiting new teachers. State Farm and the U.S. Department of Education are also supporting these efforts, which includes a new series of ads that encourage students to consider a career in education. Microsoft...
23 Apr 2014
Bing in the Classroom program makes ad-free, safer Web searching available to all US schools
The next phase of the Bing in the Classroom program is now underway, including broad availability of ad-free, safer, more private search to all eligible K-12 public and private schools in the U.S. Bing in the Classroom removes ads and blocks searches from being used for personalized advertising for...
23 Apr 2014
Brown University chooses Microsoft Office 365 for its students
Brown University has selected Microsoft Office 365 for its 8,600 students, and is using the Microsoft Student Advantage benefit to extend the service to students at no additional cost when they use their existing Brown University credentials. Until now, students who wanted to use Office had to buy...
22 Apr 2014
Brazilian professor inspires students to participate in the International Women’s Hackathon 2014
In her desire to increase the number of women in computer science programs, professor Rosiane de Freitas made sure the Institute of Computing of the Federal University of Amazonas (ICOMP/UFAM) was the first Brazilian university to take part in last year’s inaugural International Women’s Hackathon...
21 Apr 2014
WorldWide Telescope events and installations bring stars to life for children
Thanks to Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope (WWT), anyone can see the night sky in all its glory. Last fall, Microsoft Research helped bring the excitement of astronomy to Asian schoolchildren with the installation of a WWT-driven planetarium at the Shixinlu primary school in China and family...
18 Apr 2014
Bing donates scholarships for military vets
General Assembly , a global group that provides practical education in business, technology and design, has unveiled the Opportunity Fund , a scholarship and support program. The pilot program is in New York City and will serve underrepresented students entering the technology industry. As part of the...
17 Apr 2014
Yammer’s Mid-Market Matters gives back to San Francisco neighborhood through community service
In 2013 Yammer moved its offices to 9th and Market in San Francisco — right in the heart of the Mid-Market and Tenderloin areas. Mid-Market Matters was born shortly afterward to connect Yammer employees with community events and volunteer opportunities. Since then, Yammer employees have spent countless...
16 Apr 2014
Students, with help of Skype, visit glacier atop Eyjafjallajökull volcano
Eyjafjallajökull, the ice-capped Icelandic volcano that erupted in 2010, shut down air traffic across Europe and stranded millions of passengers worldwide. But, with the help of Skype, students from the US and UK recently visited the glacier atop the volcano and got to see how the ice is rapidly...
15 Apr 2014
YouthSpark Connections event in New York City highlights education gap
On Friday, a YouthSpark Connections event – the seventeenth in a national series of meetings – brought together local leaders in business, education and government to discuss the emergence of an education gap in the New York City metro area. According to the Brookings Institution, 71 percent...
11 Apr 2014
Educators: Don’t forget to take advantage of Student Advantage for Microsoft Office
While Microsoft Office is available for PCs and tablets across most platforms, many students who need to use it have issues with cost or broadband restraints, writes Margo Day, Microsoft Vice President, U.S. Education. Microsoft’s new Student Advantage benefit can eliminate both barriers, she says...
11 Apr 2014
A range of affordable Windows devices is available for powering the future of education
Microsoft frequently hears from educators about their need for devices at various costs and form factors that will also work within tight budgets, writes Wole Moses of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector Team. The company has worked closely with its device partners to make sure schools have...
10 Apr 2014
Microsoft launches joint research centers in Spain and Russia
Kick-off workshop for the newly launched Microsoft Research and Lomonosov MSU Joint Research Center in Moscow. Microsoft invests in creating joint research centers around the world. These collaborative engagements involve multi-year research programs across a broad range of projects that...
9 Apr 2014
Microsoft to host 2014 Imagine Cup finals in hometown Seattle
Microsoft will host the 2014 Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle in July, and announced partnerships Wednesday with some of Seattle’s most popular visitor venues, giving finalists extra reasons to enjoy their stay in the Puget Sound area. This year’s finalists will visit Microsoft headquarters...
9 Apr 2014
Judges announced for Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change
The judges for the second annual Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change come from a variety of backgrounds, including social entrepreneurship, nonprofits and technology. Judges include Romanus Berg, chief information officer, Ashoka; Adam Braun, founder, Pencils of Promise; Jennifer Corriero, executive...
8 Apr 2014
Microsoft partners with Scripps National Spelling Bee to expand learning resources
For the first time, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has partnered with Microsoft to help integrate technology and expand the learning resources for students and schools. As a result, Microsoft has been named the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Technology Champion . As 1981 Scripps National Spelling...
8 Apr 2014
Skype salutes ‘Captain America’ heroes and real-life ones, including 10-year-old boy
In celebration of the release of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and in the spirit of heroism, Skype and its employees have raised funds to give a heroic 10-year-old Ugandan orphan named Kasiita Ben the educational tools he needs. Kasiita came to Skype’s attention...
7 Apr 2014
From sea to shore, Skype dazzles students with South African penguins
Skype recently organized a month-long series connecting classrooms with renowned marine experts and oceanographers who are exploring the oceans and the creatures living in them. Thousands of students around the world took part in Skype calls with guest speakers from boats out at sea, marine biologists...
3 Apr 2014
Make Web Not War announces a cross-Canada motorcycle Open Government Tour
Canada is a big country – stretching about 4,000 miles from coast to coast. That’s a lot of ground to cover, so you can only imagine how difficult it is to bring together information from all the federal, provincial and municipal governments in-between. But this summer, Richard Pietro, a...
2 Apr 2014
California’s 4th largest school district chooses Windows 8.1 devices for students
Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Michael E. Hanson with 5th graders as they use their new Asus Windows 8.1 devices for the first time. Fresno Unified School District, the fourth largest district in California with 72,000 students, is rolling out 15,000 Asus Transformer T100 Windows...
31 Mar 2014
Office for iPad now available with Office 365 Education
In conjunction with the release of Office for iPad Thursday , faculty and students can edit documents using the new apps if they have Office 365 Education subscriptions. These include Office 365 Education A3, Office 365 Education A4 and Office 365 ProPlus for Students. Office for iPhone and Android...
28 Mar 2014
Latest Windows Store Red Stripe Deals include Readiy Pro, ‘Rayman Jungle Run’ and ‘Tiny Token Empires’
"Tiny Token Empires" Another set of weekly Red Stripe Deals in the Windows Store includes an RSS reader, a drawing game and an educational app that provides home-based science experiments for kids. They’re part of six apps and games that are at least 50 percent off. Readiy...
28 Mar 2014
Microsoft sponsors We Day Seattle and We Day California 2014
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We Day 2014 1 | 7 Microsoft sponsors We Day Seattle 2014 March 21, 2014 Microsoft YouthSpark reporters appear on stage at We Day Seattle on March 21. These students were selected by Microsoft to have unique access to We Day and share their experience...
27 Mar 2014
Computing history buffs: MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code available for the first time
To help future generations better understand the roots of personal computing, Microsoft is making source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to the public for the first time. The Computer History Museum will make available two of the most widely used software programs...
25 Mar 2014
Microsoft kicks off Big Dream Movement
Just two days after International Women’s Day , the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) kicked off at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and included discussions about Microsoft’s Big Dream Movement — a new effort to attract more girls in science and technology...
24 Mar 2014
Catch up on your reading with Kobo Books on Windows PCs and tablets
Kobo Books gives readers more than 3.5 million eBooks, comics and children’s books to choose from and read on Windows PCs or tablets. U.S. and Canada users will also find a free bonus to start off their library: Robert Ludlum’s “ The Janson Commando .” (Ludlum also gave the world...
21 Mar 2014
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