Microsoft investing $75M to make Computer Science more mainstream in schools

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

During the course of Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference held in San Francisco on Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that an amount of $75 million is being invested by Microsoft in an effort to make Computer Science more mainstream in schools.

The mentioned investment will be made by Microsoft over a period of three years. The key objective behind the investment is to help Computer Science become as important a school subject as some of the so-called core subjects like Math or Physics in schools.

According to the announcement made by Nadella, the $75 million investment being made by Microsoft -- to help make Computer Science a core school subject -- marks the amount which the company will be giving to different nonprofit organizations that can spread Computer Science education all over the world.

The investment is part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative which was launched in 2012. The initiative aims at promoting Computer Science education.

Revealing that Microsoft give out $75 million over a three-year period to select programs, including the company’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program, Nadella – in reference to Microsoft’s efforts to promote Computer Science education - said: “Computational thinking will be in every aspect of our economy.”

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