Microsoft donates $1 billion in cash and software
Over the next five years, Microsoft will pour
$1 billion of cash and software into its Unlimited Potential program, which invests in computer training programs in poor regions. Unlimited Potential is backed by the United Nations Development Program, and it's not an exclusive deal for Microsoft:
Microsoft would donate cash and the latest versions of its software, but the centers were free to expand with other software, including open source software such as Linux (news - web sites), Gates said.
Though some critics have labeled the plan as an attempt to hook the third world on Windows, Gates' assertion that centers will be free to use other software, including Linux, surely deserves some praise.