The PR wars between Oracle and Microsoft took on a whole new slant yesterday as the two organisations vied over which could be seen as the most philanthropic.
Within hours of each other, the two billionaires heading up the companies concerned, announced that they would donate large sums of money to charity.
Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle, said the database supplier would give $100 million to America?s Promise Campaign for Youth, an offshoot of a charitable organisation, run by General Colin Powell. The money will help fund the newly-created Oracle?s Promise Foundation, which aims to provide network computers to US school children.
Bill Gates, chief executive of Microsoft, went one better, however, by offering $200 million towards the newly-created Gates Library Foundation, which aims to provide public libraries in low-income areas in the US and Canada with Internet access.
The scheme goes beyond the Libraries Online project to train librarians in Internet technology, which Microsoft launched in 1995.
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