Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., on Friday announced that Microsoft will donate developer software to all National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) educational chapters in the United States. The announcement was made during Gates’ keynote speech at the NSBE Region VI Fall Regional Conference, sponsored by Microsoft.
The software grant provides NSBE educational chapters with a three-year membership subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. Through the memberships, faculty and student NSBE chapter members will have access to more than 100 Microsoft software products. Key software includes development and design tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio; client and server operating system platforms such as Microsoft Windows Server and Windows Vista; and platform servers such as Microsoft SQL Server.