Oman to spend RO6.5m for Microsoft products

MUSCAT — The government will invest RO6.5 million to obtain licenses for Microsoft desktop products following a three-year agreement it signed here with the US-based multinational computer and IT giant. The deal covers the usage of Microsoft software in 22,500 desktops across various Omani government organisations.

By From Ravindra Nath

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Published: Wed 5 Jul 2006, 11:05 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:57 PM

The pact was signed by Mohammed bin Nasser Al Khusaibi, secretary-general of the Ministry of National Economy and Chairman of the Information Technology Authority (ITA), with Sami Mohammed Al Lawati, Country Manager of Microsoft Oman, and Maqbool Hameed Al Saleh, Chairman of International Information Technology, an OHI group company which is the Microsoft Direct Large Account Reseller and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in Oman.

"By this agreement ITA aims to speed up the implementation of its various Digital Oman initiatives," a spokesman for the authority said, adding: "Oman will be saving significant investment by entering into such volume licensing agreements with Microsoft. Furthermore this will encourage a higher level of technology use within the government sector."

Through such formal agreements on licensed software, the spokesman pointed out, the Omani government was attempting to protect copyrights of legal software. "It shows the keen interest of Oman in protecting Intellectual Property Rights up to global standards," he added.

The agreement will support the Digital Oman initiative by accelerating the use of new technologies in the government sector by providing the required products and training to use them.

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