Microsoft and HCL have announced plans to create a joint Centre of Excellence (CoE) for the development of a vertical specific customized solution frameworks for India; the launch of the world’s lowest cost Windows OS enabled MiLeap leaptops; and generation of an industry ready workforce certified in Microsoft technologies at the HCL Career Development Centres, which will offer a unique learning experience.
HCL’s MiLeap series of laptops will now be available with Windows XP at Rs. 16,990. The MiLeap H Series runs on Windows XP Home, has a 30 GB HDD and is broadband ready.
The MiLeap laptop further features a 7-inch TFT colour screen display and 1.3MP camera. Besides, it weighs just 980 grams that makes the laptop extremely portable.
Ultra-low voltage consuming Intel Processor and Intel 945 GU Express chipset, Wi-Fi and integrated LAN connectivity, dedicated keys to access the media player and built-in speakers are the other features of the HCL’s MiLeap laptop.
Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft Corporation said, “For over 22 years, Microsoft and HCL have partnered with each other to promote the use of information technology in India. We are delighted to reinforce this association and empower Indian consumers and businesses with the latest and best that technology has to offer.”
Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India, said, “All three initiatives announced today are very significant to our continual efforts at partnering the Indian industry in its quest for success by leveraging the power of IT and enabling the uptake of IT across India”.
Also, the two companies have announced the establishment of a new Centre of Excellence (CoE) with over 500 software professionals to create, design and deploy Microsoft technologies-based solution frameworks across various industry verticals. The upcoming CoE will power the System Integration capabilities of HCL and Microsoft’s innovative suite of products in the area of IT requirement of customers in various industries including Telecom, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Power, Defense, Retail, eGovernance, Media and Entertainment, and also MS based horizontal solutions in Health, Railways and Airports.
The IT Training Program targets at training and certifying 50,000 students, on Microsoft technologies, in three years, across 100 training centers. The goal of the Microsoft – HCL training initiative is to enhance the employability of students and help the Indian IT industry retain its competitive edge.