Microsoft to spend $1.1B in Mexico on digital access programs

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the Microsoft Build developer conference in Seattle in May 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Microsoft is putting $1.1 billion into a variety of initiatives in Mexico designed to expand digital access in the country. The Redmond, Wash., company announced the program Thursday.

  • Microsoft plans to create a new cloud data center region to deliver its enterprise software products to public institutions and other organizations in Mexico. The new datacenter region will bring Microsoft’s global cloud reach to 57 regions across 22 countries.
  • The company is planning to create three physical laboratories in partnership with Mexican universities and a virtual classroom to teach students digital skills. The goal of the initiative’s education pillar is to train students for the jobs of the future.
  • As part of Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, the company will also invest in the research and conservation of the Mexican Pacific Ocean’s Mako shark species.

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