Microsoft Current Affairs - 2020

Microsoft launches K-12 Education Transformation Framework

Software giant Microsoft has launched its “K-12 Education Transformation Framework” to facilitate comprehensive digital transformation of schools in India.  So far, this framework model has been adopted by education leaders in more than 50 countries to help plan their learning strategies.

About K-12 Education Transformation Framework

Objective: It is aimed at providing education leadership, government decision makers, teachers and most importantly learners, tools to achieve ambitious change many schools seek and to thoughtfully integrate technology in powerful and productive ways.

Four Pillars: It comprises four pillars — leadership and policy, modern teaching and learning, intelligent environments and technology blueprint.

Features: It provides holistic framework to facilitate a comprehensive digital transformation of schools. It is a flexible platform based on latest research and input from hundreds of academics, experts, and policymakers. To help school principals initiate their journey of digital transformation, this framework programme offer them series of workshops based on each of the four pillars.

Amazon India Most Attractive Employer Brands in India 2019

According to a study conducted by Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR), e-commerce player Amazon India has been rated as India’s most ‘attractive employer brand, followed by Microsoft India which emerged as the runner-up.

Key Findings of Study

Top 10 most attractive employer brands in India for 2019 includes:  (1) Amazon, (2) Microsoft, (3) Sony, (4) Mercedes-Benz, (5) IBM, (6) Larsen & Toubro, (7) Nestle, (8) Infosys, (9) Samsung, (10) Dell

Coverage: The Randstad research for year 2019 covered 75% of global economy with 32 participating countries and over 2 lakh respondents worldwide.

For the Indian workforce while choosing an employer salary and employee benefits continue to be top driver, followed by work-life balance and job security.

Although the gender differences between men and women on top three aspects were minimal, but women, attributed more importance to salary and benefits (49%) and work-life balance (47%) as compared to their male counterparts who ranked these as top aspects at 46% and 46% respectively.

The most important finding was that work-life balance was accorded importance as a key factor while considering choosing an employer. This has increased largely (46%) compared to last two years and emergence of fact that Indian employees are willing to place a premium on job security.

There are 23% higher number of employees in India who indicate that they would be agreeable to a security versus compensation trade-off. This is higher than the broader Asia-Pacific (APAC) average.

About 52% of survey respondents showed their willingness to forfeit more than 10% of their salary for job security.

About Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR)

REBR is world’s most comprehensive, independent and in-depth employer brand research. It identifies most attractive employers among thousands of companies.

The research captures views of more than 2 lakh respondents which include general public (aged 18-65) on 6,162 companies in 32 countries.

It provides insights into drivers and perceptions of choice of potential employees by finding answers to questions such as- Why do people prefer one company, or a specific industry, over another and What motivates them to stay with an employer/start looking elsewhere?