Microsoft's Partners in Learning program now is coming home to the United States after its launch in 64 other countries. The software maker said the $35 million U.S. project will benefit from lessons learned overseas.

A year ago, while drawing up plans for a five-year, worldwide education initiative, Microsoft Corp. faced an important question: Should the new program, with a projected budget of $1 billion, begin inside or outside of the United States?

The software giant's historic strategy had been to launch such programs in the U.S. and apply resulting lessons to their implementation


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