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- NComputing, a provider of ultra low-cost computing solutions, is partnering with the United Nations to provide computers for educational purposes to schools in developing countries. The program, under the direction of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) aims to bring 500,000 computers to primary and secondary schools in these countries by 2012. The program is being developed by the UNDESA Global Alliance for ICT Development (GAID), and enjoys strong support from UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. The first pilot phase of the project was concluded in Burkina Faso, with additional projects in Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania scheduled for 2009.

- The OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance says that “serious deficiencies” in Microsoft’s support for ODF need to be addressed to ensure greater interoperability with other ODF-supporting software.