Microsoft donates $1M to improve teaching in Africa

Say what you will about Microsoft, they’ve always been big on the charity front and today is no different. Microsoft is currently running their “Partners in Learning” conference in Washington, DC to discuss technology in education and as part of the initiative have donated $1,000,000 to help train teachers in Africa.

As reported by TechFlash, Microsoft’s donation will be used to build 80 “digital hubs” in schools across the continent and is expected to “train 20,000 teachers and provide 100,000 learners and communities with digital access.”  These technology centers will be using Microsoft MultiPoint servers that allow multiple students to use the same PC as others, but use their own keyboard/monitor/mouse, similar to a remote desktop connection.

In addition to the large donation, Microsoft also announced that they will be taking control of teach.gov, a resource that is used to attract and retain teachers. The site will be renamed to teach.org and Microsoft will work other companies to improve the offerings in an attempt to help reform teaching in the United States.

Similar to Apple infiltrating schools in the United States in the 80s and 90s, Microsoft will be gaining a foothold in developing countries in Africa. While it remains to be seen what the long term benefits are of this announcement, improving education is very important.

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I live in "Africa"! South Africa to be precise and the total amount of **** that some people talk thinking that they know something about this continent is actually laughable! There are 54 countries in Africa with about a 1.2 billion people! How far do you think a $1 million goes? I'll tell you, nowhere! It's generous of MS to give this but when you think that ONE person (Bill Gates) has $56 Billion in the bank it puts it in perspective. Things (Food, fuel, Computers, electricity etc) cost a fortune in my country and money here has far less effective buying power and as a consequence amounts of money like this disappear so fast you would not believe it. South Africa is a 100 times better off than most other "African" countries so think how quickly a hundred thousand dollars (or whatever is allocated out of the total amount) will vanish in one of the less fortunate places where people have almost nothing! Also they would not give a **** about what operating system is on the PC, in all likelihood they've never even seen a PC, except perhaps in a picture, TV or shop window!

Farstrider said,
I live in "Africa"! South Africa to be precise and the total amount of **** that some people talk thinking that they know something about this continent is actually laughable! There are 54 countries in Africa with about a 1.2 billion people! How far do you think a $1 million goes? I'll tell you, nowhere! It's generous of MS to give this but when you think that ONE person (Bill Gates) has $56 Billion in the bank it puts it in perspective. Things (Food, fuel, Computers, electricity etc) cost a fortune in my country and money here has far less effective buying power and as a consequence amounts of money like this disappear so fast you would not believe it. South Africa is a 100 times better off than most other "African" countries so think how quickly a hundred thousand dollars (or whatever is allocated out of the total amount) will vanish in one of the less fortunate places where people have almost nothing! Also they would not give a **** about what operating system is on the PC, in all likelihood they've never even seen a PC, except perhaps in a picture, TV or shop window!

while bills donation may be small compared to what he has in his bank account, it still helps the african community with IT projects, there are several other charaties that refrubish and ship donated computers to schools,1 of which i volintear my free time too. there are other charities that help maintain those computers for those children. most of the time they
end up getting shiped out with blank drives or installed with a community version of windows xp or ubuntu.

so where excatly does your rant fit in here?

I hope they have better luck with teach.org than they did with REDU, which only died in what I think was less than a year it was created.

MultiPoint servers have sounded like a great idea, and I've seen their video too, and I hope struggling school districts take a good look at it instead of spending on dumb iPads and iPod Touches more for the 'cool' and 'cutting-edge' factor when they should be saving money when it's needed most.

Stoffel said,
Tax breaks or not, they are donating $1,000,000
How many other tech companies do this?

marketshare.... africa's an "emerging market"..... Linux is king there and the ms wants a piece of that pie... this will compete with OLPC and others over there.

remixedcat said,

marketshare.... africa's an "emerging market"..... Linux is king there and the ms wants a piece of that pie... this will compete with OLPC and others over there.


LOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLL! Linux King???? Ha ha ahhahahhahah! Linux has less than 1% market share in Africa, while Windows has over 92%. Linux will NEVER get any amount of market share anywhere in the world.

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201108-201110-bar

england_fanboy said,

LOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLL! Linux King???? Ha ha ahhahahhahah! Linux has less than 1% market share in Africa, while Windows has over 92%. Linux will NEVER get any amount of market share anywhere in the world.

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201108-201110-bar

how can a poor african kid afford microsoft licensing?? a price for a copy of windows 7 would be food for 4-5 months for one person over there.

Good on you Microsoft. One thing I love about the company is they donate money to the poor, and there old CEO is an example of this.

UndergroundWire said,
How are they teaching them? With color blocks? It not effective as a learning method and definitely not effective as a UI.

trust me its effective os which is tablet and desktop UI

UndergroundWire said,
How are they teaching them? With color blocks? It not effective as a learning method and definitely not effective as a UI.

Can we please put this UI topic on side for a min? please?

simrat said,

Can we please put this UI topic on side for a min? please?


How the hell are you? The UI police? Arrest Microsoft for indecent use of primary colors.

UndergroundWire said,
How are they teaching them? With color blocks? It not effective as a learning method and definitely not effective as a UI.

Troll alert. The troll who must be sick of his crappy and fugly Android UI must be hurting sooooo bad that he is back with his Metro UI trolling even in this article. LOL!

UndergroundWire said,

How the hell are you? The UI police? Arrest Microsoft for indecent use of primary colors.

Microsoft donated money to Africa, hows this is related to UI? Please explain.

simrat said,

Microsoft donated money to Africa, hows this is related to UI? Please explain.

It was a Joke. Read my first post and you got your panties in a bunch. The fact I have to address it is pretty silly.

england_fanboy said,

Troll alert. The troll who must be sick of his crappy and fugly Android UI must be hurting sooooo bad that he is back with his Metro UI trolling even in this article. LOL!

If I didn't like my UI, I wouldn't be ready to buy my fourth Android phone. I click on ICONS. Not a box of color that looks like it was created for a reta--!

Loved my HTC phones in the past, gonna love my Galaxy Nexus even more.

UndergroundWire said,

If I didn't like my UI, I wouldn't be ready to buy my fourth Android phone. I click on ICONS. Not a box of color that looks like it was created for a reta--!

Loved my HTC phones in the past, gonna love my Galaxy Nexus even more.


You're lying obviously. If you really liked the ugly Android static grid of icons, you wouldn't need to troll every article on Neowin about the Metro UI. By the way, I already own 3 Windows Phone devices and have pre-ordered the GORGEOUS Lumia 800. But I don't troll at Android articles.

england_fanboy said,

You're lying obviously. If you really liked the ugly Android static grid of icons, you wouldn't need to troll every article on Neowin about the Metro UI.
To be fair, you haven't been doing much better with your comments. I refer to the article about quadcores, where you continually point out your dislike of Android's UI. And hey, look, you're doing it again here...

What does this article have to do with User Interfaces? Just drop the subject.

Intrinsica said,
To be fair, you haven't been doing much better with your comments. I refer to the article about quadcores, where you continually point out your dislike of Android's UI. And hey, look, you're doing it again here...

What does this article have to do with User Interfaces? Just drop the subject.


Well, my comments are all anti-troll. I don't start any trolling. Just like here, I didn't start any discussion about the UI. But if someone else says anything against the most gorgeous UI in the world, it's my duty to respond to that, isn't it?

england_fanboy said,

Well, my comments are all anti-troll.
There is no such thing as an anti-troll comment. An effective anti-troll method is to not say anything and not get lured in.

As for your comment on "the most gorgeous UI in the World", it's an opinion, and one that - as I've already mentioned - has no relavence to this article.

EDIT: Unbelievable, you're doing it again in another thread that is unrelated to UI's! You can't stop yourself, can you?

england_fanboy said,

You're lying obviously. If you really liked the ugly Android static grid of icons, you wouldn't need to troll every article on Neowin about the Metro UI. By the way, I already own 3 Windows Phone devices and have pre-ordered the GORGEOUS Lumia 800. But I don't troll at Android articles.

Static Grid. LOL. Somebody doesn't know Android. Not just icons but WIDGETS.

You are both acting like children, reading your comments is annoying and takes up most of the comments section on every article. Interesting comments get hidden in a sea of idiotic drivel.

Minimoose said,
You are both acting like children, reading your comments is annoying and takes up most of the comments section on every article. Interesting comments get hidden in a sea of idiotic drivel.

Thanks for adding to it. Now be quiet.

My comment was clearly meant as a joke. Sensitive fan boys couldn't let it go. And of course I always have to have the last word. Bad combination all around. LOL

england_fanboy said,

You're lying obviously. If you really liked the ugly Android static grid of icons, you wouldn't need to troll every article on Neowin about the Metro UI. By the way, I already own 3 Windows Phone devices and have pre-ordered the GORGEOUS Lumia 800. But I don't troll at Android articles.

You're just as much of a troll as the other guy. You like Microsoft no need to put other people down for having another preference. I have the Motorola Droid Bionic and previously had the original Motorola Droid and I love both of them. Doesn't mean everyone is going to. I also think WP7 is unique and definitely deserves a place in the cell phone OS competition. My next phone will most likely be a WP7 phone. So calm down and stop bickering like 5 year olds over what is better they're both very well thought out and solid OS's. My only gripe about Android is the battery life compared to iPhones and Windows phones.