Back in September, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting (see blog post here) where Microsoft made a new commitment to help bring digital access to one million low-income families in the United States. I was able to speak with Stan Emert, the president of Rainmakers.TV about Microsoft’s Shape the Future initiative that is the program driving increased technology access around the world. Check out the conversation below.
Since CGI, Microsoft has announced a new partnership with the FCC where we will support the “Connect to Compete” initiative and provide a portal for free online job skills training, assessments and basic digital literacy. Beginning in 15 states over the next three years, we will also expand our Microsoft IT Academy program and deploy Microsoft Office training through our retail stores, local schools, libraries and community college.
We believe technology can be an enabler to obtaining a great education and I’m excited about what the future holds and can’t wait to see the impact we start making in 2012.