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Microsoft gives discount to four institutions

KARACHI- Microsoft, the software giant, has signed an agreement with four educational institutions in Pakistan under which it will provide them its latest computer programmes with up to 97 per cent discounts.

According to the agreement, a number of Microsoft products will be made available for about Rs. 2,900 per computer for a 12-month period, while their retail price is over Rs. 75,000.

The Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM) Academic Agreement programme is specifically designed for schools and colleges, to help them deploy the newest software through an affordable subscription-based Licensing offer.

The four institutions that signed the agreement with International Office Products, a Microsoft reseller in Karachi include: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Cybergen Systems, Amtel Centre of Applied Technologies, and Sir Adamjee Institute of Technology.

“Microsoft has offered drastic discounts for students and teachers, to contribute to the growth and development of nascent IT market in Pakistan,” commented Kamran lqbal, Microsoft Business Development Manager in Pakistan. “The GEM Academic Agreement is an annual licensing programme that has been created to address the needs of schools, colleges and universities by providing them a low-cost annual subscription plan for running licensed Microsoft software,” he explained.

The GEM Agreement has allowed these institutions to run the licensed software for 12 months. At the end of the subscription period, they have the option to renew the subscription for another 12 months, purchase the software, or cancel the subscription by removing the software being used. “GEM-Academic Agreement is applicable to all government approved public and private schools and colleges in Pakistan. It will ensure that the Pakistani students get experience on the latest versions of the most advanced Microsoft products.” Kamran said.

Source: The Nation
Date:4/27/2000