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- Telkom’s Centres of Excellence laboratories and MTN’s science centres, designed to make technology fascinating for children, are among the finalists in the fifth annual Science and Technology Awards.

- Entrenched accounting software suppliers are in for fierce competition from Microsoft, which entered this market two years ago with the acquisition of Great Plains and more recently Navision."Our strategy in making these acquisitions was to develop these products further to ensure that we are a strong player in this market," says Thomas Hansen, director of small and mid-market solutions and partner groups at Microsoft SA. Eventually these products will be consolidated into a suite of products that will include extensive web enablement and mobile access through Microsoft’s .NET technology framework.