Hewlett Packard has teamed up with Microsoft to promote e-learning in educational establishments across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will undertake joint training, and establish specialist centres across the region to showcase the benefits of using IT as a teaching aid.
The collaboration includes a range of specific investments and initiatives including schools technology innovation centres, an EMEA-wide training programme and e-learning portals for schools.
Microsoft's contribution to the venture centres on provision of its Learning Gateway framework, based on a wide range of software for the education sector.
This includes Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Class Server, .Net framework and Microsoft Consulting Services.
HP will supply desktops, servers and management software, together with consulting, integration and support services.
The first centre will be in Sophia-Antipolis in France, with plans for additional sites in EMEA to be announced later.
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