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  • Blog Post: Look! Windows on the OLPC XO!

    Today Microsoft and the OLPC are announcing support for Windows on the OLPC XO computer. The two organizations will work together on several pilot programs in emerging market countries starting next month, and the offering will RTM in August or September. Initially it will only be available in emerging...
  • Blog Post: iCafés in China

    I spent the last week in China learning more about Internet Cafés (or iCafés) , which are becoming a key area of focus for the Unlimited Potential Group. This is part of our “shared access”strategy, where we are developing solutions for computers that are shared by a large number of people throughout...
  • Blog Post: OLPC in the News (Part 2)

    Well, I will be flying out to Cambridge next week for my first meeting with some of the people at the OLPC , and I have to say I am looking forward to it. Some of my UPG co-workers from Microsoft have been meeting with the OLPC team for about a year now, but since I am a relative newcomer to our group...
  • Blog Post: Beyond Travel

    It has been over a week since I returned from my trip to Helsinki , which makes it three out of the last five weeks that I have been on the road outside of the US. While I was in Finland, some of my colleagues in the Unlimited Potential Group were scattered to other parts of the globe. Orlando Ayala...
  • Blog Post: Snowing in Moscow

    A group of us are in Central and Eastern Europe this week, starting with two days in Moscow. It's snowing. The highlight of our day yesterday was the official opening of an IDEA Center, a community-based computer center targeting unemployed, seniors, and people with disabilities. IDEA stands for "Information...
  • Blog Post: ICT4D Explained

    ICT4D, or "Information and Communication Technologies for Development" is the name for the multidisciplinary academic approach involving the application of high tech to address international development problems. Kentaro Toyama - who leads Microsoft Research's Technology for Emerging Markets...
  • Blog Post: We Have a Name: "Creative Capitalism"

    Bill Gates gave a great speech at Davos this week around the concept of Creative Capitalism , an approach where governments, businesses, and non-profits work together to stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or gain recognition, doing work that eases the world's inequities...
  • Blog Post: Will the Digital Divide Widen Before it Narrows?

    October 19, 2007 I had a scary thought in Budapest today. What if the digital divide widens before it narrows? The thought occurred to me on Day 2 of our launch event here. I was attending a meeting of an informal group working on a program called "EUGA", or "EU Grants Advisor." This...
  • Blog Post: “Phone First” in Boston

    Last month I had the opportunity to attend NextLab 2008: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users . It was a one-day conference at the MIT Media Lab involving projects from an interdisciplinary class there focused on how to apply cell phone technology to help create social and economic...
  • Blog Post: Western China Project

    A group of people from Microsoft's Unlimited Potential team are heading out to Western China next week to raise awareness on a firsthand basis around issues involving the digital divide for rural communities in emerging market countries. You can learn more about the project on the UP home page . The...
  • Blog Post: Paul Polak and the Art of Listening

    Paul Polak is a hero of mine. He created a nonprofit organization called International Development Enterprises (IDE) and spent 25 years there developing creative ways to make poor people in Asia and Africa less poor. His specialty is developing sustainable tools that rural farmers earning $2/day actually...
  • Blog Post: Meanwhile, Back in the US, We Are Elevating America!

                      China isn’t the only country during these troubled times that is looking for creative solutions for how to prepare its workforce for modern, technology-enabled jobs. At the US National Governor’s Association meeting this past Sunday in Washington...
  • Blog Post: OLPC in the News ...

    Well, it seems like the OLPC organization is in the news a lot lately, even more so than usual. Stories that caught my eye over the last  week included a CNN report , a BBC story from Monday, and of course the Wall Street Journal page A1 story that came out this last Saturday. Microsoft's approach...