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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Microsoft Helps Prepare Global Workforce With Skills to Promote Economic Development

Bill Gates, chairman, Microsoft Corp., addresses the Government Leaders Forum – Americas on Thursday. Microsoft announced the expansion of the DreamSpark program to include high school students worldwide. DreamSpark offers free professional-level developer and designer tools and training to students to support learning and skills development in technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities. The forum was held just outside of Washington, D.C., March 26, 2009.WASHINGTON, D.C. — March 26, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today stepped up its commitment to prepare people of all ages with the technology skills and tools to succeed in today’s challenging economic climate at the Government Leaders Forum — Americas outside Washington, D.C. As part of this commitment, Microsoft announced the expansion of the successful Microsoft DreamSpark student program to include high school students worldwide. DreamSpark, originally available only to university students, makes professional-level developer and designer tools as well as training available to students at no charge to support and advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.

Expressed through its investments in a variety of initiatives, including DreamSpark, the Microsoft BizSpark program, Elevate America and Imagine Cup, Microsoft believes that giving people the right technology skills and the tools to translate their talent into business success is critical to stimulating the future growth of local and global economies. These programs are supported through the Microsoft Unlimited Potential program, the company’s commitment to help create sustained social and economic opportunity for communities worldwide. more

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