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Microsoft deal ensures 100% licensed software for Dubai govt

Microsoft software deal covers more than 25,000 employees in 40 Dubai government departments.

Microsoft has signed an agreement with HH The Ruler’s Court in Dubai to provide technology aimed at enhancing productivity and collaboration among more than 25,000 employees within 40 government departments.

The announcement is the latest step in Dubai’s ambitious eGovernment drive, and simultaneously ensures 100% legal status for all software used within the government. This reinforces the UAE’s battle against piracy – for which the Business Software Alliance praised the authorities only last week.

Dr. Khalifa Mohammed Ahmed, director general, Government of Dubai, H.H. the Ruler's Court, said: “It is critical for governments to structure themselves effectively to serve their country better. This is especially inevitable for the Government of Dubai, as it emerges as one of the leading business hubs in the regional economy.

Abdullatif Almulla, manager, Microsoft Middle East, South Gulf Region, added: “We are extremely pleased to be able to support the Dubai government's efforts in deploying completely licensed software. We believe that governments are exemplary in trend-setting and their endorsement of intellectual property rights is key to the development of a vibrant IT industry and a stronger national economy,”

The new software is designed to give individual users the ability to readily access and organise information. Microsoft Core Servers and Office Automation Products will be the platform.

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