Oman opens Windows

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By  Published  July 31, 2006

The government of Oman has signed an agreement with Microsoft for the use of its desktop software on 22,500 computers.

The US$16.5million deal, one of the biggest of its kind in the Middle East, will see Microsoft’s XP operating system (OS) and Office 2003 application suite installed on 6,000 government computers — 16,500 other PCs are already licensed to run the programs - with the entire 22,500 desktops across 75 departments upgraded to Microsoft’s next-generation Vista OS and Office 2007 suite next year.

“We signed now so we can prepare and put in place a plan to migrate government organisations to Microsoft’s latest software once it is released,” Sami Mohammed Al Lawati, Microsoft Oman country manager, told Windows’ sister publication, IT Weekly.

Under the terms of the agreement the software developer will also provide advice and support to the government for its IT initiatives.

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