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Microsoft to Give Away Free Software to SMEs, Students

Microsoft will provide their software for small domestic companies and university students for three years free of charge, the American software giant said.

Dr Astrid S Tuminez, regional director of Legal and Corporate Affairs in Southeast Asia, said, “We are planning to enable lower-income companies and students to use Microsoft software for three years free of charge. We will also provide IT related training for free.”

Microsoft will provide IT Technology and related training for students in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education.

The company will provide support for smaller companies which are in line with their selection criteria. Support begins this month and will last until the end of year.

Tuminez said, “We provide software free at first. Later we will provide with the cheapest price for users.”

Currently, less than 10 percent of Myanmar users use licensed versions of Microsoft software, and the vast majority are using cheap, illegal CDs, according to a Microsoft survey.

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