Computer News - In Brief

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- Only 89% of African airlines subscribing to the International Air Transport Association's Billing Settlement Programme (BSP) are ready for the change to e-ticketing at the end of this month. This compares with the global average of 95%. Africa has numerous airlines, but only 34 are accredited with IATA, which is phasing out paper plane tickets on 31 May and will only transact electronically from 1 June.

- Ecobank International Technology and Shared Service Centre was opened in Accra, Ghana. The US$40 million International Technology and Shared Service Centre is part of the bank's long-term plan of developing the centre into a leading ICT Park in Africa.

- The "Polygeek" team of the National Polytechnic School will represent Algeria at the "2008-Imagine Cup World Finals," a yearly competition sponsored by the world’s software leader Microsoft.

- From early 2009 Microsoft's Office productivity suite will include support for editing and saving files in the open source Open Document Format (ODF). The move comes as Microsoft announces plans to expand its collaboration with the open source community.