Education changes lives, families, communities – even nations.  That’s why Microsoft, together with education partners and governments , believes strongly in the power of technology in education to support lifelong learning.  As a company, we are also becoming more serious about how we can work in partnership with the education community, to not only develop better and more relevant products, but also become more engaged in the necessary research, change management and human capacity building that are critical for success.

The Microsoft Partners in Learning (PiL) initiative is our primary program for the education sector. Partners in Learning is a global program that is dedicated to enabling access to technology, supporting leadership and building community in Australian schools. Since its inception in 2003, Partners in Learning has furthered the interests of more than 185 million students and over 7 million teachers and policymakers in 114 countries, with a total worldwide investment of US $500 million. In Australia, we have already reached over 129,000 students, teachers and leaders and will invest $15 million in cash and resources by 2013. Together with our education partners, Microsoft is helping transform the education experience: school by school; teacher by teacher; student by student.

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