Microsoft on Oct. 14 appointed its first education general to lead the technology giant’s push to get its software into the hands of students and teachers, AFP reports. Michael Golden is filling the newly created post of vice president of Microsoft’s Education Products Group as the company increases its attention on schools and colleges, where rival Apple has long promoted its Macintosh computers. Golden was hired to lead Microsoft’s global "education vision and strategy execution," according to the Redmond, Wash.-based firm. Golden’s background includes time spent as a deputy secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Education and as an executive at Pearson School…

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