According to a post in CNet News by Ina Fried, Microsoft plans to offer free training including certification training to millions of people. Could this be a big boost to educational institutions and their staff who are strapped for resources but need to have current skills for applications for education?:
"Millions of individuals don't have the technology skills needed in today's economy. Through Elevate America, we want to help workers get the skills they need to succeed," Pamela Passman, Microsoft's VP for corporate affairs, said in a statement.
According to Fried, "Microsoft's move comes as the United States has shed millions of jobs, a small number of which came from Microsoft itself as the company announced its first companywide layoffs last month."