Microsoft Joins Museum of Science as Premier Partner with $1.9 Million Technology Grant

March 1, 2010

—Partnership highlights shared goal: innovative science and technology education for all—

BOSTON—March 1, 2010—Microsoft Corporation has donated $1.9 million in software and other support to the Museum of Science, Boston. Microsoft will be recognized as one of the Museum's "Premier Partners," the Museum's designation for its highest level of corporate supporter. The Museum will receive an array of Microsoft's latest products, including Microsoft Office and server and development tools, enabling a significant upgrade to many of the Museum's core information technology systems. Microsoft has been a contributor to the Museum since 1997.

A member of the Greater Boston Community for nearly 25 years, Microsoft shares the Museum of Science's desire to inspire young people with a passion for science and technology. Through various corporate programs and individual efforts, the company's 1,000 area employees volunteer their time and talents with the community to encourage young people to embrace science, technology, engineering and math, making the company's support of the Museum of Science a natural fit.

"This is a milestone partnership," said Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science. "We are delighted to have Microsoft's latest, world-standard software at the Museum, and we all look forward to the collaborations Microsoft will make possible, from corporate volunteer programs to new exhibits that showcase the latest innovations in technology."

Microsoft joins MathWorks of Natick, Mass., and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of Wellesley, Mass., as Premier Partners at the Museum. Both organizations have recently renewed their partnerships. MathWorks, a supporter since 1991, has collaborated with the Museum on several science and math-related programs, and sponsors screenings of all IMAX films in the Mugar Omni Theater, including the Free Film Fridays series. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a supporter since 1986, underwrites education programs and exhibits regarding healthy lifestyles and disease prevention throughout the Museum.

"We are pleased to support one of Boston's most vital institutions at an important time in its evolution. The museum is undergoing exciting changes in the ways it presents information and delivers educational information. We are thrilled to help make these shifts a reality," said Ted MacLean, general manager, Worldwide Strategic Alliances for Microsoft.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering, math, and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a multi-museum, $20 million National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology education initiative. The Museum's "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country's "Ten Best Science Centers." Visit mos.org.

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