Microsoft selected as the partner for Commonwealth Games

The Victorian government has selected Microsoft as the official technology partner for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Microsoft will donate copies of Windows Server 2003, BizTalk Server and SQL Server, as well as Microsoft Content Management Server to organisers to record and collate competition results from some 20 different venues in real time and then publish the results online.

Microsoft Australia managing director Steve Vamos said the driving factors behind the "Microsoft enabled" Commonwealth Games are speed, value for money, reliability and scalability.

"The ability to integrate large amounts of data into a sophisticated results scoring system that can scale to service large numbers of users is paramount and the need for 100 per cent accuracy is also critical," Vamos said.

The Federal Minister for Arts and Sport Senator Rod Kemp said sponsors like Microsoft play an important role in the games being an "outstanding sporting and cultural success."

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games CEO John Harnden echoed the Senator's sentiments claiming that with Microsoft on board the games will be first class.

The Commonwealth Games begin March, 2006.

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