New online safety features coming in Windows 8

It’s a fact of life that students increasingly are looking to the Web to consume information about their world, connect with friends, to gather information and research for school work and more. As students’ digital appetite continues to grow, parents and schools need to be much more mindful of the potential dangers with regards to…


Microsoft’s new investment in the future of digital reading

We are excited about the opportunity digital reading has to provide new avenues for personalized learning to help students and teachers realize their full potential. Today, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Barnes & Noble to develop future innovations to accelerate e-reading across a broad range of Windows devices. One of the first outcomes of…


A turning point for education? Trends to watch in 2012.

Will the year 2012 prove to be a turning point for education? There’s certainly an ever-increasing spotlight on the quality of education and an interest to help improve it from all corners of society. As I travel around the world, I see many technology companies increasing their focus and investment in education. And I think…

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Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Cambridge University Press

I started the conversation a few days ago about the evolution of digital publishing in education. As publishers move to digital text and reading, online storage and digital libraries are becoming increasingly popular as a destination path.  The cloud, in addition to providing tremendous opportunities to scale, can create a great opportunity for publishers to…


What new devices mean to the world of publishing in education

One of the most exciting trends happening in education today is the evolution of digital publishing. Publishers around the world are starting to embrace not only new reading modalities but new form factors and devices to create both interactive and enriching experiences for students and educators. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is on the forefront of…


Microsoft announces $15M R&D focus on next-generation learning models, plus resources for students & teachers

UPDATED July 18th at 8:00 a.m. PT with URL to White House press release. Recognizing it will take all of us…schools, parents, guardians, foundations, governments and corporate partners to meet the challenges facing our kids today…we are honored to be invited to meet with President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Senior White House Advisors, and…

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Making access to technology a reality via Shape the Future

One of the initiatives I’m most proud of is the work we do around Shape the Future.  It’s really all about making access to technology a right and not a privilege for every student on the planet.  And increasingly this is a priority for governments and schools throughout the world. As we think about the…

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Microsoft Supports Safer Internet Day

As technology has advanced in our lives…and increasingly the way in which we communicate, collaborate, consume information and content…I think the pace at which technology has evolved has probably outpaced some of the fundamentals that we’ve trained our kids on how to be safe in the world around us. Because many parents did not grow…


IE9 as a reading platform

If you haven’t already checked out the new Internet Explorer 9 beta…first off, I encourage you to go to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ to explore the potential for the new web browser. I’ve often talked about the potential for technology in reading, and we’ve seen the potential for digital reading on devices like the iPad and Kindle, and…

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Education trends to watch for in 2010

As I reflect on 2009…what did and did not come to full fruition since I wrote this post last year…and what lies ahead for the year 2010, many different trends and topics come to mind. I’ll try to distill my list down to a handful of key themes and thoughts I’ve developed from being on…

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