Microsoft Funds New Research, Curriculum Development Projects

Microsoft Funds New Research, Curriculum Development ProjectsREDMOND, Wash.
The Microsoft Corp. has announced its latest round of grant awards aimed at fostering academic innovation by colleges and universities around the world. The company says that 77 colleges and universities from more than 25 countries have been awarded Innovation Excellence Awards for Windows Embedded with grants totaling $1.7 million to fund new research projects and curriculum development based on Microsoft Windows Embedded platforms. The grants were awarded by Microsoft University Relations in conjunction with the Microsoft Windows Embedded Academic Program (WEMAP), a free program that provides academic educators and researchers access to source code, development tools and support for the development of projects.
The awards are another step in Microsoft’s alliance with academia in turning ideas and research into reality. Microsoft recently hosted a Windows Embedded Academic Developers Conference to help jump-start learning opportunities and build a worldwide community for grant recipients and other members of the academic community.
 “We received a tremendous quantity of remarkable proposals from the academic community for research projects and curriculum development based on the Windows Embedded platforms. Winners were selected for their outstanding examples of creativity and innovation,” says Douglas Leland, director of university relations at Microsoft Research. “From robotics to wireless and ubiquitous computing, there is a great deal of activity in the device space. As more and more powerful computing devices develop, making fundamental contributions to the future of technology, our mission at Microsoft is to help promote that innovation and make software easily accessible to empower the next generation of engineers.”
To participate in the Innovation Excellence Awards for Windows Embedded, more than 120 colleges and universities worldwide submitted more than 130 research and curriculum proposals that included use of either Windows CE .NET or Windows XP Embedded.

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