Microsoft visited the TODAY show and donated $2 million to NBC-sponsored charities and non-profit companies serving America’s youth. Microsoft Stores also donated 200 HP Stream Windows tablets as part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark program. General Manager of Microsoft’s New York District, Reid Downey, was on the TODAY show as part of the program’s annual Holiday Toy and Gift Drive. Downey had this to say about Microsoft’s YouthSpark program:
We’re doing this because we see a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not; particularly when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Having access to the latest technology is so important for creating a better future for our children, and we want to do our part.
The charities and non-profit companies will be able to utilize the full Windows 8.1 experience on the 200 donated tablets, giving them access to Microsoft software like SQL Server and Office 365. Read more about Microsoft’s TODAY show visit in the links below.