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Microsoft offers African students 40% cut for software

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images_23.jpgAfrican students will enjoy a 40% cut in the cost of Microsoft’s Home and Student version of Microsoft Office 2007; this is according to David Ndung’u, Microsoft’s Channel manager for East & Southern Africa.

Business daily reported Monday that the reduction will enable learning institutions and home users to get the Microsoft Office 2007 at Sh6, 600. down from Sh11, 000.The price cut is part of the ongoing efforts to provide easy and affordable access to information and communication technology (ICT) in Kenya and other emerging markets.

Mr. Ndung’u added that the price reduction was in line with the aim of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential programme, which wants to make technology more accessible to those at the middle and bottom of the world’s economic pyramid.

The special price is seen enabling more users access productive tools in developing presentations, assignments and everyday documents.

The Microsoft Unlimited Potential Programme is one of the initiatives meant to increase the use of genuine software in various solutions. In Kenya, software piracy accounts for more than 80 per cent of applications in the market.

The programme includes provision of software grants to educational and non-government institutions and technology trainers.

Microsoft is also engaged in partnerships to ensure software availability in outlets where hardware and other accessories are sold.

The Microsoft Office 2007 Home & Student suite includes Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft Office One Note 2007.

By Reporter

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