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October 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Microsoft partners with Special Olympics

Microsoft on Monday announced a partnership with the Special Olympics in which the software giant will provide 800 Surface tablets, 1,200 Lumia phones, and help the nonprofit modernize its technology with an Azure-based games management system.

The games management system allows for real-time updates and information on Special Olympics athletes, according to a Microsoft blog post. The tablets and smartphones will be used, in part, to track the events at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.

Microsoft did not specify a dollar amount for the deal, other than to say that it was a three-year, multimillion dollar partnership.

The company will sponsor the summer 2015 World Games and the winter 2017 World Games in Austria; it also pledged to raise $1 million for Special Olympics over the life of the partnership.

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