Microsoft has unveiled new products and programmes to close the digital divide between urban and rural areas. It is estimated that this help will bring social and economic opportunity to 5 billion people worldwide.
Microsoft is partnering with governments, intergovernmental organizations, academic and industry leaders to facilitate access to high-quality education through dynamic, learner-focused technologies and resources. The company has invested $250 million for its five year Partners in its Learning programme, which is already active in 101 countries. This training programme has reached more than 57 million students across these countries. The company is also working with industry partners to help teachers with the integration of technology into lesson plans and curricula through programs, including Intel Corporation's 'Teach to the Future' and UNESCO's 'ICT Competency Standards for Teachers'.