Microsoft and UNESCO Announce Joint Education and Community Development Initiatives

November 17, 2004

To support their common goals of promoting socioeconomic development round the world, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced a cooperation agreement that will help increase access to information and communication technologies (ICT) and ICT skills training in underserved communities. At a formal signing ceremony in Paris, Koichiro Matsuura, UNESCO’s director general, and Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman and chief software architect, outlined details of the agreement. Under the alliance, UNESCO and Microsoft will collaborate on programmes that focus on the specific needs of developing countries round the globe.

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