The technology battle in Uganda is taking shape as global software company Microsoft clinches a partnership with the Government to train teacher-trainers to handle and teach using Microsoft software.

A Kampala software dealer said, the development will support free and open source software peddlers in Kampala, who now have to devise other methods of convincing people to use their software. This is because Microsoft is building up a client base right from the grass roots.

"By the end of this month, we will have supported the training of 210 in-service teachers on the integration of ICTs into teaching and learning," read a Microsoft release distributed recently.

At the function, Microsoft executives from the regional office in Nairobi said this was part of the company's global programme called Partners in Learning (PiL) currently being rolled out worldwide including Kenya and Uganda.

"PiL allows us to work closely with the Government to bring technology into the classroom. It also provides a platform for the digital, intellectual and socio-economic growth of the country," the release signed by Kris Kego, a local Microsoft link in Kampala, read.