Microsoft is trying to meet its goal of doubling the number of
computer users to 2 billion by 2015, by promising cuts in software
prices to governments in developing countries that provide free
computers to school children.
The news of the program was announced by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday. Washington-based Microsoft
said that it plans to offer a software package called Microsoft Student
Innovation Suite for only $3 to governments purchasing Windows-based
computer for primary and secondary students.
The software bundle will include Windows XP Starter Edition, Microsoft
Office Home and Student 2007, Windows Live Mail desktop and a few other
programs. The bundle is expected to be released in the second half of
"It looks like Microsoft is adopting the “get them while they’re
young” approach used by so many large American organisations. Could
this be due to their ever increasing competition?"