The funding is a part of the White House’s new initiative to boost STEM and computer science education in grades K-12, which the administration announced on Monday. The initiative will combine the $300 million from the private sector with at least another $200 million from the Department of Education. The money will be spent on computer science curriculums around the country starting in the 2018 fiscal year.
Microsoft is to update its flagship operating system next month so that the latest generation of Windows 10 hardware devices and software can tap into augmented and virtual reality technologies, executives said on Friday. The software upgrade, its fourth update, will be offered from Oct. 17 to existing customers of Windows 10 running on more than 500 million devices, the company said.
In the second quarter of 2017, twenty-four of the largest American companies are holding on to a whopping $1.01 trillion in cash reserves, up 1.63% from the first quarter, according to analysis of second quarter earnings reports by Bank of America. The biggest amount of money is created and kept by technology firms like Alphabet, Apple or Microsoft.
The biggest names in tech, including Google, Amazon, and Apple, spent more this quarter attempting to influence the U.S. government than ever before, according to public lobbying records. The tech giants spent more than $15 million lobbying between April 1 and June 30, with Google topping the list at $5.93 million.
Microsoft wants to connect two million rural Americans to high-speed wireless broadband by 2022, and it will get started with 12 pilot projects over the next year. The company is also offering free access to its intellectual property to help the rest of rural America get connected.
Windows 10 introduces additional features designed specifically for K - 12 educators and students, alongside other education news today from Microsoft.
For education, Microsoft HoloLens will help make incredible leaps forward in productivity, collaboration, and innovation. See how Microsoft HoloLens transforms the way we teach anatomy and our understanding of the human body as we help to prepare the next generation of doctors.
Microsoft is launching an Education Edition of the insanely popular game Minecraft. This version of the world-building and resource-management game will allow teachers to use Minecraft in a range of different subjects, including math and science.
Yvonne Thomas, director of global programs at Microsoft, recently sat down with Devex Impact Associate Editor Adva Saldinger to discuss the role of technology as an enabler for education and employment opportunities, especially for youth.