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Microsoft donates $1 million to help fund a tech exhibit at the US Diplomacy Center

Microsoft has donated $1 million to help fund the construction of a high-tech interactive exhibit at the US Diplomacy Center (USDC), which is set to open in Washington DC in 2017. The center itself will serve as a next-generation museum and education resource that will showcase areas surrounding American diplomacy.

Numerous Microsoft products will be on display at the USDC, including the Surface Hub, Skype Translator and Bing Maps. Microsoft essentially plans to "gamify" diplomacy with the hope to really bring exhibits to life and engage visitors. From peace talks to natural disasters, those who visit the center will learn and experience how the nation's diplomats engage in international diplomacy.

It makes sense for Microsoft to get involved, especially given how technology - much like diplomacy in many ways - aims to connect people distances apart. Interested to learn more? Head to the USDC website for more details.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

16 Comments
  • Cool!
  • $1 mil is nothing for MS :D
  • Perfect platform for HoloLens :D
  • The problem with HoloLens in public places is that people have to put it on their heads, that can create issues when hundreds of people each day are attempting to use the devices with regards to keeping them clean and sanitary.
  • Yeah, nothing like a little case of "virtual head lice" to have to deal with after you get back home.
  • US diplomacy = spies & warmongers
  • Donate that 1 million to Snapchat and get WP an official Snapchat app instead. :|
  • Way to take an awesome act of selflessness and kindness and turn it into something completely different. I'm very impressed....SMH
  • @rohit: Dude...Lame comment...
  • I'm just waiting for the racism comments...
  • Just kidding! :D
  • Superb
  • And donated 0$ + 0 support for helping a no profit organization to develop a wp companion app for the Band to help children affected by Duchenne dystrophy....
    Like apocampus, #epic fail regarding marketing and serious funding.
  • Hmm...your company tried this?
  • I donated my Azure infrastrutture behind Band Sensor Monitor to a big no profit organization helping children, I asked some help to Ms (basically sw support and some Bands as we cannot buy here in Italy) but with quite 0 results.... Being an old Ms funboy this is hard to accept...
  • Wow Oh my God Great Job MS! realy great!