San Francisco, July 1 -- Microsoft on Tuesday announced a new global skills initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills by the end of the year. The announcement comes in response to the global economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Covid-19 has created both a public health and an economic crisis, and as the world recovers, we need to ensure no one is left behind," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during a digital event.

"Today, we're bringing together resources from Microsoft inclusive of LinkedIn and GitHub to reimagine how people learn and apply new skills - and help 25 million people facing unemployment due to COVID-19 prepare for the jobs of the future."

Expanded access to digital skills is an...