In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, Microsoft unveiled its Shape the Future, which will work to develop programs to that will help to increase student access to Windows-based PCs, broadband Internet access, Microsoft education software and job skills training.
The three-year initiative is intended to reach 1 million students from low-income families.
“At Microsoft, we believe all students should have access to the building blocks of a quality education,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education for Microsoft. “Putting technology in the hands of a student who did not have access is a powerful step on the path leading to graduation, employability and a better future.”
The company is partnering with several private and non-profit groups to develop the programs, as well as the Federal Communications Commission.
The FCC was on hand to launch another low-income access program Tuesday — Comcast’s Internet Essentials. The program, which saw its D.C. rollout Tuesday, provides Internet access to families whose children qualify for the National School Lunch Program. The company is offering $10 per month Internet and cheap netbooks to qualifying families.