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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

Category: Education
May 1, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Tech Alliance says Washington state lags peer states in educating students for technology jobs

Before Ray Ozzie took the stage at the Technology Alliance’s lunch today, the group presented its annual benchmark study comparing Washington with 10 states it considers peers for centers of technology. The alliance is a statewide group of business and academic leaders working to promote a strong technology economy. Jeremy Jaech, the incoming chair of…

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March 25, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Q&A: Microsoft chief strategist Craig Mundie on global competition, government IT

Craig Mundie, Microsoft chief research and strategy officer, said Americans seeking to update their technology skills should look to the nation’s community colleges for training.

Mundie took a break from the company’s Government Leaders Forum — Americas on Wednesday to talk with me about global competitiveness, the government IT spending environment, prospects for cloud computing in government IT portfolios and more.

Earlier in the day, Mundie talked to the gathering of Latin American governors and ministerial-level leaders about using technology to improve health care and education. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is scheduled to address the group, meeting in Leesburg, Va., on Thursday.

Here are edited excerpts from my talk with Mundie:

Q: You remarked on the idea that technology has been a great global leveler, contributing to developing nations’ transition from industrial and agricultural economies to knowledge-based economies. What’s available for people in this country who are facing layoffs now and want to compete on that global playing field that technology creates?

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January 13, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Microsoft, Cisco, Intel backing effort to create 21st century skills curriculum for schools globally

Microsoft is teaming with Cisco and Intel to back the creation of a 21st century curriculum. The companies are funding a project to explore better ways of teaching and evaluating students in critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, communication and other broad areas — skills that they demand from their employees, said Anoop Gupta, who heads Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential program.

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December 18, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Microsoft named top U.S. company for community investment in survey of peers

Microsoft has been recognized by a survey of major corporations as doing the best job of investing in its community. The survey was part of a study published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The study was presented with a broader report on the relationship between business and their communities. Seattle was one of eight cities where the report held forums with business leaders, providing a not-too-surprising list of threats to innovation: education, “the Seattle process,” and transportation. Read on for more details.

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October 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Microsoft and NYU partnering on research into video games that teach math, science

Microsoft, New York University and several other New York-area schools are launching an initiative to study how video games can be applied to education. The Games For Learning Institute will “focus on evaluating computer games as potential learning tools for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at the middle-school years (grades 6-8).”

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October 7, 2008 at 5:53 AM

Q&A with Craig Mundie, Microsoft chief research and strategy officer

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Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, and Bill Gates take the stage at a conference in 2007.

I spoke Monday with Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer and one of the two executives filling Bill Gates’ role in setting the company’s course. He is in the midst of a U.S. university tour, talking to students and professors about Microsoft and the future of technology in many different disciplines. (Here’s today’s story from the paper.) It’s something Gates used to do regularly, and another way Mundie has assumed Gates’ functions at the company. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation, covering his tour, views on technology in education, Gates’ transition, and the Windows ad campaign.

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