South Africa: Microsoft Set to Renew Software Pledge to Pupils

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

14 July 2008
Posted to the web 14 July 2008

Lesley Stones
Johannesburg

MICROSOFT has renewed its commitment to giving free software to schools across the country by promising to donate products that would cost R750m if it levied its usual licence fees.

Its operating systems and productivity software will go to about 26000 schools attended by 11,2-million pupils.

The move updates Microsoft’s previous efforts to see its software used by the next generation of potential customers — it first pledged free software for all state-owned schools in 2002. But the scheme was only partially successful, and after three years only 6000 schools had been covered. The rest were unable to benefit for a variety of reasons, including a lack of electricity and the absence of any computers.

Those problems, coupled with the inability of many teachers to use technology, saw Microsoft donate hardware as well as software to some schools. It also launched a training initiative and has [continue reading]



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