UAE flavour for Windows XP

Microsoft has launched a UAE specific Windows XP software theme pack. Aimed at bringing what the firm calls a “local flavour” to the region’s desktops, this is Microsoft’s first such Middle East offering.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 6, 2005

Microsoft has launched a UAE specific Windows XP software theme pack. Aimed at bringing what the firm calls a “local flavour” to the region’s desktops, this is Microsoft’s first such Middle East offering. One of the first development projects between Microsoft and a university in the region, the pack includes Emirates-themed backgrounds, music, icons and a screen saver. A new Windows Media Player skin, which changes the appearance of the firm’s Media Player console, is also included. The pack was developed with American University of Dubai Computer Science students, who were closely involved in both the creative process of designing the icons and backgrounds, and in the technical development process of the pack. Individual students also worked to create the various elements of the pack, and to test the finished package. The pack was then tested to Microsoft's own standards in order to qualify it as an official Windows XP pack. The UAE Windows Theme Pack is the first worldwide in a planned series of local themed downloads, according to Assem Hijazi, Microsoft MENA’s localization program manager. User can download the pack from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c63d68c1-7431-48e5-9037-2523dda4dd32&displaylang=en. The software pack itself works with Home and Professional editions of Windows XP, though before a user can download the 4.5MB .exe file they must validate their version of Windows by following the on-screen prompts.

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