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Announcing Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16267

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today we are pleased to be releasing Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16267 to Windows Insiders. To obtain the build, registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page. Matching symbols and the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) packages are available on the same page. When installed on a Windows 10 client, RSAT allows a user to remotely manage and administer Insider Preview builds of Windows Server via GUI tools. Valid on Windows 10 client builds greater than 16250.
For the best experience, the Windows Server team recommends a clean install.
If you have not yet registered as an Insider, register through the Windows Insiders for Business program or the Windows Insider program.
General Scenario Highlights
Developers and Containers:
New base container images (available on Windows Insider Docker Hub repo)
Optimized Nano Server base image (over 70% smaller)
The .NET team is providing a preview image based on Nano Server with .NET Core 2.0
The PowerShell team is providing a preview image based on PowerShell 6.0

Optimized Server Core base image (over 20% smaller)

Support for SMB volume mounting
Infrastructure for Orchestrators
Networking enhancements for ongoing Kubernetes work
Named pipe mapping support

Bug fixes, performance enhancements
Cloud Guest:
IIS
TLS info: administrators can make specific recommendations to default to HTTPS

Disaster Recovery
Storage Replica Test Failover

Guest + Host better together
vPMEM in Guest: Tenants can use and manage PMEM/SCM
Tenant-Aware VM Start Ordering: App Ready / OS Heartbeat for better load balancing
Guest RDMA

Improvement in time accuracy
Azure enlightened clusters – optimized to run on Azure IaaS
Cloud Host:
Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) host
Security
Shielded Linux VM
SDN: Encrypted virtual networks
Secure clusters
SMB 1 disabled by default

Resiliency and Availability
SDN: Reduced downtime for tenant connections through gateways
Spaces Direct: Scoped Spaces to mitigate impact of multi-node loss
Spaces Direct: Marginal drive handling for predictive detection of drive failures

Efficiency
Data Deduplication available for ReFS
New Data Deduplication DataPort API for optimized ingress/egress
Space efficiency with ReFS Compaction
Performant Spaces Direct Multi Resilient Volumes (MRV)

Hyper-converged Scale
Cluster Sets: Significantly increases hyper-converged SDDC cloud scale by grouping multiple clusters into a larger fabric

Hardware support
Support for Storage Class Memory (SCM) in Spaces Direct

What’s New in Build 16267 for Windows Server
There are no new features in build 16267
How to Download 
NOTE: If you signed up for Windows Insiders for Business using an AAD account, there is a temporary issue with access to the Windows Server Download page using AAD accounts. If you registered using an MSA account at the Windows Insider program, your MSA account may be used to access the page and to download builds until this is resolved.
The latest Windows Server build and matching symbols are available for download here.  Simply click on the desired file(s) and save locally. Matching Windows Server container images will be available via the Docker Hub. For more information about Windows Server containers and Insider builds, please visit http://aka.ms/containers/insiders.
The following keys are available for unlimited activations of Windows Server. These keys may be used throughout the pre-release cycle.
Windows Server Datacenter Core: B69WH-PRNHK-BXVK3-P9XF7-XD84W
Windows Server Standard Core: V6N4W-86M3X-J77X3-JF6XW-D9PRV
The RSAT version currently posted has not been updated, so if you already have it, you won’t need to download it again.
It’s all about your feedback! 
Use the Feedback Hub app to provide feedback on Windows Server builds. Feedback Hub comes pre-installed on Windows 10. Register a Windows 10 device with the Windows Insider or Windows Insider for Business programs. Open the Feedback Hub application. Choose the Server category and then the appropriate subcategory for your feedback. Please indicate what edition and build number you are providing feedback on. The Feedback Hub app cannot scan a server for diagnostic information, however you may manually attach screenshots or other files to your feedback entry.
We encourage you to visit the Windows Server Insiders space on the Microsoft Tech Communities forum to collaborate, share and learn from experts.
The expiration date for this server preview build is 12/4/2017.
Known issues 
Cluster Sets: A couple of key functionalities to enable end-to-end testing of Cluster Sets scenarios are not present in this build, so defer all evaluation of this scenario to a future build.
When a computer runs the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) from a local drive, the EFI system partition, which contains the WinPE image (boot.wim), does not have a drive letter assigned. This issue can adversely affect some automation.
Apps that call into the firewall, such apps that use networking, may become unresponsive until the user reboots because of an application hang end-task error (0xCFFFFFFF) in the Windows firewall API library (FirewallAPI.dll), which occurs when the library is blocked on an advanced local procedure call (ALPC) port while attempting to diagnose a connection failure and retrieve information.
A stop error may occur during volume repair in a cluster. The recommended workaround is to restart the computer. No corruption or data loss is expected.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,
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Wanted – IPS Monitor 1080p or 1440p 24″-27″

Looking for a Monitor 24″-27″ must be IPS and great if 100hz /144hz (g-sync is prefferred). But will consider 60hz if price fair. Must be fully working and great if has some warranty left.

1080p or 1440p.
Can come collect if local to greater Manchester or within 60miles.

Location: Newton, Hyde, Greater Manchester

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Create more with the latest Windows 10 Maps updates

Hello! I’m Dave Alles, Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Maps team. Our team delivers the Windows Maps app and the underlying map platform available to developers on all Windows 10 devices. We continuously work to release app updates with new functionality and improve the map control based on all the feedback we get from Windows Insiders, app developers, and our customers.

We have a lot of updates we’ll go through, but I wanted to discuss a few upfront, designed to empower the creator in all of us.

  • Ink on aerial mode – make any view of maps your own by adding rich annotations with Windows Ink. Planning an off-road hike, calculating the distance, and marking a mid-way spot for lunch becomes easier when you can personalize and write on your map, just like you would with a pen.
  • Create your own collections – from all the places you want to hit on a trip, to frequent places you go with your kids, to spelling out a proposal through a collection of coffee shops, creating and organizing collections can both help you stay organized and let you express yourself
  • Contribute to improve the map data – if you have a correction for a restaurant’s open hours or know a road is missing, you can tell us and help get things improved for yourself and the community
  • New capabilities for Developers, such as styling API that will allow developers to customize the look and feel of the map canvas on the fly.

This is just the beginning for us, and you’ll see more capabilities for Creators in the next year. Continue reading for more details on what’s new in the mapping experience for all Windows 10 devices, now available as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update.

We made underlying improvements that give our maps a cleaner, more beautiful and realistic look.
 

Two years ago, we talked about how we were bringing together multiple experiences into a single app. For the Windows 10 Creators Update, we continue to use data from both Bing Maps and HERE, but we’ve revamped the Windows Maps platform with an updated pipeline that paves the way for improvements to our global map data. The updated map engine brings the beauty of our 3D experience to Road view—everything from mountains and valleys to the roads you drive every day better reflect the dynamic landscape.

1. Road view with 3D terrain showing mountains and valleys

1. Road view with 3D terrain showing mountains and valleys

You may notice that the road view of the map looks different now. For example, labels lie flat or stand up depending on the scene to improve readability and visual quality. We’ve also tweaked the colors of the map in general.

The map control powers multiple applications in Windows – most importantly, the Maps app, which has lots of new features to help you navigate your world across all your Windows devices.

Maps are great using any input

We want to make sure that interacting with the map is intuitive and efficient regardless of whether you’re using mouse, keyboard, touch, Surface Dial, or assistive technologies such as Narrator. With the latest updates, we have improved on the accessibility of the Maps app as well as the map control in general. For instance, screen readers will now provide more information about the map state and how it changes as you zoom or rotate it. Traffic information is now available through the new traffic view for your commute and called out on each leg of driving directions, which makes this information more easily accessible to everyone.

With Windows Ink, you can add annotations to the map the very same way you might do with pen and paper, and use the toolbar to change the line color or size, or erase things.

The toolbar also gives you other ink capabilities that are much powerful than pen and paper. You can use ink to trace lines on the map to measure the distance or quickly calculate directions.

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can now use all the ink capabilities in Aerial mode to create a personalized map.

2. Use ink to create a personalized map with annotations, routes with distance and more.

2. Use ink to create a personalized map with annotations, routes with distance and more.

Combine different ink modes to personalize your map and annotate your plans on top of it. Even if your device doesn’t have a pen capability, you can use all the ink functionality with mouse or touch by using the touch writing option.

Create collections of references to places

Besides using ink to create a personalized map, you can also save references to specific places to make it easier to go back to them later. You have always been able to save places as favorites, but we got feedback that it wasn’t enough; not every place is a favorite. So, we added collections to let you save even more places and organize them into lists. You can also add notes to remember why you wanted to save that place or who recommended it to you.

Create collections to keep track of places you want to visit or organize into lists for each city and add notes to each place to remember recommendations.

3. Organize your saved places into collections

3. Organize your saved places into collections

As part of the collections update, we also made other improvements based on customer feedback. We updated the look of the most important places that you save—home, work, and car—so they take up less space in your list, and they’re easier to add in the first place. We also heard feedback that you expected to be able to save places directly from Favorites and Collections, so we added a way to do that. And finally, now you can also save your current location to a collection too. A while back we announced you could migrate your favorites into the Maps app from HERE, so we also updated that experience to let you migrate all your collections, too! So, if you had your saved places organized into collections before, you can now import them and keep your organization. We’ll make sure to clean up things for you if you already imported them earlier as favorites.

Maps work across your devices

An important part of working across devices is making sure your data is available regardless of the device you use. All your searches and saved places travel with you across your Windows devices— not only PCs and phones, but also Xbox and HoloLens, where the Maps app is now available as part of the Creators Update. The map platform is also available on IoT devices.

You can search for a restaurant on your Windows PC, and the search result will be there on your Windows Phone when you’re ready to go. Your collections are available across devices as well, including Bing Maps on the web, so you can access them from any browser too.

The Windows Maps experience is available on all Windows 10 devices, including Xbox! Play with it and navigate the world using your Xbox controller.

One of the most requested features from users on mobile devices was to make it easier to orient yourself. On phones and other compass-enabled devices, Maps now shows you not just where you are, but also which way you’re facing. Open Maps and select the “Locate me” button to see your position and direction. Then select the “Locate me” button again, and Maps will rotate and tilt the view as you move your device to show you exactly what you’re looking at.

4. Maps now shows you not just where you are, but also which way you’re facing.

4. Maps now shows you not just where you are, but also which way you’re facing.

Create routes with multiple stops along the way

We got a lot of feedback that many times you need to plan for multiple stops when getting directions, so the latest app update lets you get driving and walking directions with more than one destination. So, go ahead and plan trips with intermediate destinations, and multiple stops along the way to run all your errands. You can add destinations from the directions search or by right-clicking on the map and using the context menu to quickly add locations from the map.

Create multi-stop trips, just add intermediate destinations and get directions.

5. Get routes with multiple destinations

5. Get routes with multiple destinations

Sometimes you need to get directions to an address in your contact list, so we made it easier to do so without having to switch apps. Just type the name or nickname of any of your contacts when getting directions, and the Maps app will pull the address from your contact list in the People app.

6. To get directions to contacts, just type their name when getting directions

6. To get directions to contacts, just type their name when getting directions

We also made it easier to check on the traffic for your commute to Home or Work locations at any time, and to check on the traffic cameras you care about the most. Just select the Traffic button to check on the time it will take you to go home or to work, a quick view of traffic and incidents along your route, and the latest images from any traffic cameras you select (where available).

7. See driving commute times to home and work and traffic cameras in one place

7. See driving commute times to home and work and traffic cameras in one place

Place Details at a glance

Beyond just the names of places on the map, you can now see more information about each place at a glance by hovering the mouse over the icon on the map, for example, average ratings for restaurants.

8. Get quick information about places my hovering over the icons on the map

8. Get quick information about places my hovering over the icons on the map

Also, we have now added a “What’s new” section that will provide an overview of changes and new features in the app whenever it is updated. Look for it the next time you open the app after an update.

You can change the app mode to dark, and change the map to match, too.

If you prefer, you can now have the Maps app follow your system setting or always use light or dark mode. We also added a dark map theme, which provides a dark version of the road map to match the dark mode too.

9. Dark app mode and map theme

9. Dark app mode and map theme

Create better maps for everyone

The world is constantly changing, so sometimes you may notice the map data is not up to date. We have seen a lot of these types of reports coming through Feedback Hub, but the data was sometimes difficult for us to act on quickly. To improve on this, we have added the “Suggest change” button on the bottom right of the map, which made it easier for us to act on your reports about outdated map data.

You can now tell us if something is wrong with the map itself, such as a missing road or a city name in the wrong language, just by pointing at it and describing what’s wrong. You can also tell us if search isn’t finding the thing you want, or if search is doing something silly like giving you a hospital in a list of Italian restaurants.

We’re excited to see all the feedback flowing through this channel already. By submitting this type of feedback directly within the app by using the Suggest change button on the bottom right you’ll be helping us improve the map data and make maps better for everyone.

10. Help improve maps by reporting missing or wrong data right within the app

10. Help improve maps by reporting missing or wrong data right within the app

If you have feedback that is not about the map data, please continue to use Feedback Hub to report problems and send us your suggestions. The “I have other feedback” option in the Suggest change menu will also take you directly to Feedback Hub.

We hope you enjoy all the latest changes the team has been working on and everything included in the Creators Update. As always, we encourage you to stay up to date with the latest Windows 10 updates to access and enjoy new and exciting features.

We’ll continue our commitment to building a great maps experience for all our users, and to listen to your feedback. With your feedback, you can help us deliver the best experiences for millions of Windows 10 users. Let us know what you think or what’s missing through Feedback Hub.

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Location: middlesbrough

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The future of mobile app development

It is incredible how much has happened since Xamarin joined Microsoft just over a month ago, starting with Scott Guthrie’s Build 2016 announcements that Xamarin is now part of all editions of Visual Studio at no additional charge — from Community to Enterprise — and our plans to open source the Xamarin SDK. It is a dream come true for us to be able to put the power of Xamarin into the hands of all developers.

In just the first two weeks since Build alone, we helped nearly 3.5 times more developers get started building great apps with Xamarin than ever in our history as a company.

Now we are at Xamarin Evolve 2016, the world’s largest cross-platform mobile development conference, in Orlando. This morning we open sourced the Xamarin SDK and launched new ways to make Visual Studio the most complete mobile development environment.  We also launched new ways to build native, cross-platform apps faster than ever using our popular cross-platform UI framework, Xamarin.Forms.

This is our third Evolve conference, but the first time we are showing the comprehensive developer experience that only Microsoft and Xamarin together can deliver.

Open source Xamarin: Ready for you!

We have officially open sourced and contributed to the .NET Foundation the Xamarin SDK for Android, iOS and Mac under the same MIT license used for the Mono project. This includes native API bindings for iOS, Android and Mac, the command-line tools necessary to build for these platforms, and Xamarin.Forms, our popular cross-platform UI framework.

Watching Xamarin co-founder and open source pioneer Miguel de Icaza announce this onstage was a proud moment for all of us. The future of native cross-platform mobile development is now in the hands of every developer. We look forward to seeing your contributions; go to open.xamarin.com to get involved.

Visual Studio: Your complete mobile development environment

Today we launched new ways to connect Visual Studio to your Mac to make it even easier for C# developers to create native iOS apps, and new ways to auto-generate mobile app test scripts in Visual Studio.

Our iOS Simulator remoting lets you simulate and interact with your iOS apps in Visual Studio — even supporting multi-touch interactions on Windows machines with capable touch screens. We also unveiled our iOS USB remoting, which makes it possible to deploy and debug apps from Visual Studio to an iPad or iPhone plugged into your Windows PC.

In addition, our Test Recorder Visual Studio Plugin now brings Test Recorder’s ability to generate test scripts to Visual Studio users. Simply interact with your app on device or in the simulator and Test Recorder automatically generates scripts that can be run on thousands of devices with Xamarin Test Clouds automated app testing.

Xamarin.Forms: Faster and easier mobile app development

We launched Xamarin.Forms a few years ago to help developers build mobile apps faster, maximizing UI code-sharing while still delivering fully native experiences.

Today, we showed three key new features that will be coming to Xamarin.Forms.  Data Pages and Themes make it easy to connect apps to common entities and data sources, and create beautiful, native user interfaces with just a few lines of code. The Forms Previewer makes it easy to iterate on your Xamarin.Forms UI designs by providing real-time previewing of Xamarin.Forms user interfaces composed in XAML.

The new, mobile-optimized development lifecycle

We were able to show today the most streamlined mobile lifecycle available anywhere through our combined product lineup, including integrations between Visual Studio Team Services, HockeyApp and Xamarin Test Cloud. Through our combined mobile lifecycle solution, you now have a complete solution to build great mobile apps at scale, tackling the unique challenges of mobile DevOps.

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We’ve heard great enthusiasm from our customers.  Bryan Hooper, senior director enterprise architecture at Bloomin’ Brands, talked about how they have “paired Xamarin with Microsoft’s Azure technology, and we’re really excited about the new partnership between the two organizations.”   Darrell Thompson, vice president of information system services at Coca-Cola Consolidated, says that “Xamarin and Microsoft have been excellent partners and brought our mobile development to a whole new level.”

Learn more

To dive deeper into the Evolve announcements, visit the Xamarin blog, and watch the Xamarin Evolve 2016 live stream throughout today and tomorrow. Don’t miss the closing session with Steve Wozniak and Miguel de Icaza sharing their perspectives on the future of apps and software development (4:00 p.m. EST).

If we’re able to deliver all of this for you in just six weeks, imagine what you’ll be able to do in six months with Xamarin and Microsoft!

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Satya Nadella: Digital transformation is changing the face of manufacturing

A digital transformation is remaking companies and their factories, bringing the intersection of manufacturing and technology even closer, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Sunday in his keynote address at Hannover Messe 2016, the world’s largest industrial technology fair, in Germany.

Enabling that transformation are systems of intelligence that help companies gain insight and take action from big data, optimize their operations and change the very nature of the business models around their industrial products, Nadella said.

Read more on what he had to say by visiting Microsoft News Center.

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Microsoft grants help kids learn computer science, Earth Day is celebrated and influential engineer is honored — Weekend Reading: April 22 edition

From a huge effort to help kids realize their potential to a celebration of our dear old planet, this week brought plenty of interesting and inspiring news around Microsoft. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights in this latest edition of Weekend Reading.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced grants to 100 nonprofit partners in 55 countries as part of YouthSpark, a global initiative to increase access for young people to learn computer science. In turn, these nonprofit partners — such as Laboratoria, CoderDojo and City Year — will use the power of local schools, businesses and community organizations to empower students to achieve more for themselves, their families and their communities.

The nonprofits will build upon the work that Microsoft already has underway through programs like Hour of Code with Code.org, BBC micro:bit and TEALS.

Every young person should have an opportunity, a spark, to realize a more promising future,” Mary Snapp, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft Philanthropies, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Together with our nonprofit partners, we are excited to take a bold step toward that goal today.”

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Wondering what the next wave of breakthrough technology will be? Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft Technology and Research, calls it an “invisible revolution,” and it’s transforming farming, allowing people from different cultures to communicate, helping people breathe healthier air, preventing disease outbreaks and much more.

“We are on the cusp of creating a world in which technology is increasingly pervasive but is also increasingly invisible,” Shum said.

This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we joined the invisible revolution to preview the latest, most cutting-edge developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing. The possibilities are endless.

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Computer industry luminaries honored Dave Cutler, a Microsoft senior technical fellow whose impressive body of work spans five decades, as a Computer History Museum Fellow. The 74-year-old has shaped entire eras. He worked to develop the VMS operating system for Digital Equipment Corporation in the late 1970s, had a central role in the development of Windows NT — the basis for all major versions of Windows since 1993 — and helped develop the Microsoft Azure cloud operating system and the hypervisor for Xbox One that allows the console to be more than just for gaming.

“The Fellow awards recognize people who’ve had a tremendous impact on our lives, on our culture, on the way we work, exchange information and live,” said John Hollar, the museum’s president and CEO. “People like Dave Cutler, who probably influences the computing experiences of more than 2 billion people, yet isn’t known in a way he deserves to be, in proportion to the impact he’s had on the world.”

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Microsoft Philanthropies sponsored the annual We Day, supporting exciting events Wednesday in Seattle and earlier this month in Los Angeles. Nearly 30,000 attended the shows, which celebrate young people who are making a difference.

In supporting We Day, Microsoft aims to help young people drive the change they would like to see in their neighborhoods, schools and communities. Our photo gallery captures the highlights, famous faces and young people who were involved in this year’s events.

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In advance of Earth Day on Friday, Microsoft kicked off this week with inspiration and information about the company’s sustainability programs and initiatives, including ways you can take part in the efforts. The  brand new Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft website details how Microsoft’s company-wide carbon fee have financed significant investments in renewable energy to power its data centers, improved building efficiency and reached more than 6 million people through the purchase of carbon offsets from community projects around the world.

Microsoft, which has been a carbon-neutral company since 2012, is continually finding ways to make its products and their lifecycles more earth-friendly. Learn more about how Microsoft is commemorating Earth Day on the Microsoft Green Blog.

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Microsoft is also constantly working to help students achieve more. Some all-new education features coming in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update are specifically inspired by teachers and focused on students. A “Set Up School PCs” app lets teachers set up a device themselves in mere minutes, and a new “Take a Test” provides simple and secure standardized testing for classrooms or entire schools.

Learning will also get a big boost with Microsoft Classroom and Microsoft Forms, a OneNote Class Notebook that now has Learning Management System (LMS) integration and — perhaps most exciting to students — the dawn of “Minecraft: Education Edition.” Educators will be able to give it a test run in the summer months and provide feedback and suggestions.

In apps this week, the powerful mobile photo-editing app PicsArt is marking Earth Day by offering a series of green- and outdoorsy-themed photo frame and clip art packages. Several are exclusive to Windows customers. The PicsArt app is free in the Windows Store.

Need a little help juggling projects, priorities and other moving parts in your busy life? The Todoist Windows 10 app can help you stay organized, collaborate with colleagues and even empty your inbox by turning important emails into tasks.

Or for a little fun this weekend, go way beyond retro to prehistoric days in “Age of Cavemen.” In this multiplayer strategy game, you’re the village chief in a dangerous world, and you need to keep your people safe. Build an army, create alliances and destroy your opponents in a wild and wooly free-for-all.

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And that’s a wrap for this edition of Weekend Reading. See you here next week for the latest roundup.

Posted by Tracy Ith
Microsoft News Center Staff

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Sparking opportunity for all youth around the globe

Sometimes all it takes is a spark: that one class, that one teacher, that one project which makes a difference. It can change the lives of young students who may have had little opportunity to excel, or perhaps even to complete high school, to enable them to become successful engineers, entrepreneurs or computer scientists. This is the inspiration behind our global YouthSpark initiative.

Last September, Satya Nadella announced a three-year, $75 million YouthSpark investment to help every young person get the opportunity to learn computing skills and computer science.

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Today we are providing an update by announcing YouthSpark grants to 100 nonprofit partners in 55 countries. In turn, our partners will leverage the power and energy of local schools, businesses and community organizations to create new and engaging opportunities for students to explore computer science. These partners will teach students valuable skills to help them prepare for and succeed in jobs that are open today across industries, along with new jobs that will be created. Our partners will build upon the work that Microsoft already has underway, including our commitments to computer science education through programs like Hour of Code with Code.org, BBC micro:bit and TEALS.

Still, much more progress must be made. Despite the need for basic computational thinking skills across all subject areas, in the U.S. less than 25 percent of high schools offer computer science classes. Only 2.5 percent of U.S. high school graduates go on to study computer science in college, and of this small percentage, only 1 in 5 computer science graduates is female. Globally, some countries have made computer science a mandatory subject in secondary schools, but we know firsthand through our own work that far too few schools around the world provide courses in computing. We also recognize that governments play a critical role in continued progress on this important issue. We continue to work with policymakers around the world to support the policy and funding necessary to expand computer science into public education. In the U.S., we’re proud to support Computer Science for All, a national effort created by President Barack Obama to give all American students the opportunity to learn computer science in school.

We know that no single organization or company can close the global computer science education skills gap. That is why we are committed to work in partnership with others. Our efforts have focused on leveraging longstanding community relationships of more than 100 nonprofit partners around the world to create access to computer science, and also to break down barriers and stereotypes that are keeping large populations of youth out of computer science education — even when the opportunities are available.

Later this month, we will bring together some of our local nonprofit partners from around the world during a YouthSpark Summit at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. We’ll learn, discuss, share ideas and develop action plans so that, together with our partners, we can continue to improve and bring better knowledge and expertise to local communities.

Every young person should have an opportunity, a spark, to realize a more promising future. Together with our nonprofit partners, we are excited to take a bold step toward that goal today. Learn more about our nonprofit partners here, and visit YouthSpark.com for more information on our global initiative to make computer science education accessible for all young people. ‪

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