SA and Microsoft buddy up

Microsoft Australia and the South Australian government have formed a $10.5 million, two-year partnership which includes establishing an innovation centre to research and develop software systems for state agencies.

The partnership also includes a two-year licensing agreement across 14,600 government agency desktops, incorporating Windows 2000, Office 2000 and 2000 series Back Office. Microsoft will operate the innovation centre, which will provide technical and research support for government agencies enabling them to improve services. SA Minister for the Information Economy, Michael Armitage, said the centre, which will open early next year, aims to improve government systems and play an important role for local developers. The agreement is endorsed by 38 SA government agencies including the Department of Primary Industries and Resources, Department of Transport, Urban Planning and the Arts.

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