Thursday, 6 November 2008

Microsoft launches innovative project

In a move that could equip millions of Indian students with advanced computer knowledge, global IT giant Microsoft on Wednesday launched a
n innovative project providing free access to its latest software developer and designer tools.

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates launched 'DreamSpark', which will provide access to an estimated 10 million students to the special software.

"We want to do everything we can to equip a new generation of technology leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to harness the magic of software to improve lives, solve problems and catalyse economic growth," he said.

Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari said that students can get access to software through the government's 'Sakshat' portal. The interested students can avail their ID to get access to the software, she said.

Microsoft is giving special attention to India which offers the largest pool of English speaking professionals. It has entered into an agreement with India under which it will give live service to Indian students, she said.

The latest Microsoft software under the DreamSpark project will provide professional level tools that would inspire students to explore the power of software to achieve career success.

Microsoft launched the 'DreamSpark' project in February this year. It is being run in 11 countries, including India, and aims to cover 35 million students, he said.

The software will be available off-line also through DVDs to be distributed by programme partners like NIIT, Aptech and Hughes Net Fusion Centres.

Source: EconomicTimes

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