Vista OS and Office 2007 enroll at e-TQM College

Microsoft software suites deployed across organisation

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By  Published  December 3, 2006

The UAE’s e-TQM College has deployed Microsoft’s new Windows Vista and Office 2007 software across the entire organisation.

The college said it chose to upgrade to the software giant’s latest operating system (OS) and business application suite to improve the learning environment for its students.

“The decision to deploy Vista and Office 2007 was taken because it was the natural choice to assure the satisfaction of our staff and learners needs,” explained Mansoor Al Awar, vice president of e-TQM College.

“Innovation, commitment to quality and the empowerment of our staff and learners are the foundation of our core values and this was originated in the software,” Al Awar added.

The software giant said the partnership with e-TQM highlighted its dedication to education, employability and innovation. “When coupled with the power of technology the potential of young people is unlimited — we need to work together to supply them with the necessary support and tools to reach this,” said Isam Shahwan, services executive at Microsoft.

“We are committed to working with governments, education establishments and partners to make sure we drive this vision. The launch of Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 has provided us with new tools in our arsenal to empower students across the region,” Shahwan added.

The college is the second customer in the region to announce it has implemented the software giant’s new OS following the news last month that Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel has made Vista available for all guests in their suites.

The hotel was the first customer in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to rollout the OS.

Vista and Office were released to business customers on November 19 during Dubai’s Gitex trade show, weeks prior to the global launch at New York’s Nasdaq stock exchange on November 30.

The release of both applications had previously been pushed back from their original launch dates earlier this year, while widespread availability is still scheduled for January 2007.

The OS has been designed with a host of new features, including a radically redesigned user interface, and improvements in security and search.

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