West Virginia Department of Education partners with Microsoft to bring innovative technology to schools statewide

A Q-and-A between Margo Day, vice president of U.S. Education at Microsoft, and Sterling Beane, the West Virginia Department of Education’s chief technology officer, reveals details of a strategic partnership between the public and private sectors that aims for lower costs and broader access for schools and families in West Virginia to innovative technology, including Office 365.

“We have fundamentally changed our relationship with Microsoft. What was once a traditional client/vendor relationship has been transformed into a true partnership and collaboration designed to meet the educational needs of the students in West Virginia rather than simply obtaining a product or service,” Beane says.

In the long term, graduating students will be better prepared for entering the workforce and going further in their careers.

Head over to the Microsoft in Education blog to check out the Q-and-A and find out Beane’s top priorities for the schools in his state, how his decisions about technology support the state’s vision and direction for students, and the restructuring of a statewide agreement in software and services.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff