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Microsoft announces a $1.1 billion investment plan to drive digital transformation in country including its first cloud datacenter region - News Center Latinoamérica

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The main pillar of the plan is focused on accelerating Mexico's digital transformation through democratizing the access to technology. The company announced plans to establish a new cloud datacenter region in Mexico to deliver its intelligent and trusted cloud services to serve Mexico's public entities, organizations and Mexican society, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. This datacenter region is an important part of Microsoft's $1.1 billion investment plan in Mexico over the next five years. The plan also includes a robust education and skilling program with different initiatives the first one being the creation of three laboratories and a virtual classroom, in collaboration with public universities to create an education platform for digital skills, to expand employability in future generations. The first initiative of the commitment to apply artificial intelligence to create societal impact is an investment in the project "Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Pelagic Sharks in the Mexican Pacific Ocean" (Shark ID), focused on the conservation of Mako shark species, driven by Mexico Azul, as part of the initiative AI for Earth, creating societal impact.


What's New in EDU: Introducing a new Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial with AI and the Discovery STEM Careers Coalition Microsoft EDU

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There's a good chance the students you're teaching today will enroll in university courses that haven't yet been created and enter jobs that don't exist. And they'll be called upon to solve some of the world's most pressing environmental, social and economic issues. We know that can feel like a lot on your shoulders, but there is plenty you can do to prepare students for success and we're here to help. Thoughtfully designed and well implemented STEM instruction builds subject-specific knowledge and fosters a growth mindset, collaboration, critical thinking and computational thinking – all vital skills for jobs of the future. We have tips to share about fun ways to participate in Hour of Code, available in Minecraft: Education Edition as a free coding lesson.


Microsoft unveils $999 Surface in new education pitch

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Microsoft Surface laptop unveiled in New York on May 2, 2017. NEW YORK -- Microsoft hopes to climb back up to the head of the class as it takes on Google and Apple in the education market. At a packed event in New York Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a new, streamlined education-focused flavor of its venerable operating system called Windows 10 S, which will work on inexpensive computers from other PC manufacturers, as well as Microsoft's own new Surface Laptop hardware. That machine costs $999 to start, is aimed at the higher-ed crowd, and puts Apple's rival MacBook Pro and MacBook Air in the crosshairs. "It's not like education is new to us.


Microsoft looks to school rivals with education push

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

NEW YORK -- Microsoft hopes to climb back up to the head of the class as it takes on Google and Apple in the education market. At a packed event in New York Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a new streamlined education-focused flavor of its venerable operating system called Windows 10 S, inexpensive computers that are based on that new OS, as well as Microsoft's own new Surface Laptop hardware. It costs $999 to start, is aimed the higher-ed crowd, and puts Apple's rival MacBook Pro and MacBook Air in the crosshairs. Meanwhile, Microsoft is clearly going after Google's Chrome OS and Chromebooks with Windows 10 S. Microsoft stressed the security aspects of in this new iteration of Windows. For example, all the software that runs on the cloud-based Windows 10 S operating system must be downloaded from the Windows Store, including a full version of the Office suite.


What Apple has to do to beat Chromebooks and win students

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For those of us who have just about every Apple gadget available from iPhones to Macbooks, you might want to pay attention. Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, and Apple chief design officer Jonathan Ive look at the new Apple iPhone X during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on Sept. 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. Apple held their first special event at the new Apple Park campus where they announced the new iPhone 8, iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) Google, Microsoft and Apple all want to be the teacher's pet, and by extension make the grade with students, too. Apple goes back to school Tuesday at a "special event" it is hosting at Lane Tech College Prep High School on Chicago's north side. The company's invitation referenced a "field trip," where attendees will "hear creative new ideas for teachers and students."