"Microsoft is focused on creating opportunities for youth through technology, training and experiences that empower them to imagine and realise their full potential and make a real impact for a better tomorrow," he said.
"More than RM15.5 million [US$5.06 million] has been invested for Partners-in-Learning in Malaysia, reaching more than 210,000 teachers and 3.5 million students," said Lazarus. "Partners-in-Learning is a 10-year, US$500 million global initiative aimed at supporting schools and educators' use of technology to help every student receive an excellent education and gain the skills they need in work and life. Through another initiative, called /Shape the Future', Microsoft Malaysia has connected more than one million students with relevant and affordable education technologies."
"Students need to be equipped with 21st century skills such as collaboration, communications, creative thinking, problem solving, digital literacy and citizenship while schools require a highly equipped teaching force with the ability to personalise instruction and address the individual needs of every student," he said. "A balanced approach to the teaching of both Bahasa Malaysia and English, which is a global business tool, is also ideal."
"With everything that is going on, it is an exciting time for Microsoft and 2012 will be the biggest launch year in the company's history!" said Lazarus, adding that Microsoft has announced the most extensive refresh of its products this year, from the back-end to front-facing clients. It has already announced the launch of System Center 2012 and SQL Server 2012 earlier as well as the launch of Windows Server 2012 today. Further highly anticipated launches include Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 as well as the new Office.
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