Microsoft, Intel and Softbank Announce Education 2000 Initiative

ATLANTA, GA, September 18, 1996 — Atlanta Public Schools is pleased to be the first school district selected by Microsoft Corporation, Intel Corporation and Softbank Exposition and Conference Company to participate in the Education 2000 Initiative, a program to encourage students to consider careers in the technology industry.

Students and teachers from two Atlanta high schools toured the Exhibit Hall at the Networld+Interop tradeshow held today at the Georgia World Congress Center, where they met with representatives from Microsoft, Intel and other technology companies. The students and teachers attended a special luncheon roundtable to learn more about career opportunities in the industry and then were guests at an Industry Spotlight on future personal computer platforms delivered by Jim Allchin, Microsoft Senior Vice President, Microsoft Desktop and Business Systems Division.

“The Education 2000 Initiative will be an ongoing program of Microsoft, Intel and Softbank,”
said Allchin,
“to show students the wide variety of careers available in our industry. Networld+Interop was a great industry showcase, where the students were able to see products developed by engineers and programmers, and showcased by marketers and salespeople. We want them to go back to school excited about opportunities that they had never considered and spread that excitement to their fellow students.”

To enable the students to continue exploring technology careers, Microsoft and Intel will provide each school with a server computer and Internet server and browser software so that the students can learn more about the technology industry and make that information available on a school Intranet.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Nashe Jones, Microsoft (770)392-7525

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