Microsoft's School of the Future
After three years of planning, the Microsoft Corp.-designed “School of the Future” opened its doors Thursday, a gleaming white modern facility looking out of place amid rows of ramshackle homes in a working-class West Philadelphia neighborhood.

The school is being touted as unlike any in the world, with not only a high-tech building — students have digital lockers and teachers use interactive “smart boards” — but also a learning process modeled on Microsoft’s management techniques.

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Microsoft has gone out of its way to create openness and transparency on how it went about planning and designing the school. The company created a special website, a virtual tour and a dedicated weblog.

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