Microsoft Launches “Green” Laptops African Initiative

by admin June 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Microsoft’s new product looks to provide a socially equitable, affordable marketplace, and and also to expand Microsoft’s influence into a developing market

Information and communications technology (ICT) has been a critical part of the foundation on which the economic successes of countries such as India has been laid. However, one of the most populous regions of the world, Africa, remains woefully behind in terms of developing tech industry potential. Products such as the OLPC initiative and Intel’s Classmate PC have looked to bring laptops to underprivileged children in Africa.

Now Microsoft is launching a more capitalist fair-trade solution. Microsoft in 2007 entered into a partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Now Microsoft is launching Uganda Green Computers Co., a new fair-trade computer refurbishing business, which will bring affordable computers to Africa.

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