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To bridge the digital divide in Pakistan, Microsoft has started computer literacy programmes to equip the people with technology skills, said Marketing Lead, Microsoft, Shoaib Khalil. Briefing media on Wednesday at a local hotel, he said, Microsoft had initiated a larger programme to train the locals in Gilgit-Baltistan. "Some 700 students have been imparted the computer literacy so far," he added.

He said Microsoft would further widen the computer literacy scale in the northern areas of Pakistan this year. He said Microsoft was also working in Punjab, Sindh and other provinces of the country for improving the computer literacy rate.

Microsoft is also providing training to the local private sector and working close with academia under the same objective. Shoaib also informed the media men about the upcoming products of Microsoft, which soon would appear on the global markets. Technology Consultant, Microsoft Pakistan, Jibran Jamshed highlighted the growing significance of technology in the businesses and other sectors in the modern day environment.

He said Microsoft had a range of products in all categories to meet the soaring demands of all sectors. He also highlighted the significant features of Windows 7 with the help of a video presentation, saying the operating system was easier to use. Microsoft- mouse mischief, he said, was another prime feature of Windows 7, which helped school kids learn and express their opinions. Later, Shoaib told the reporters about the Microsoft's initiative to also help the orphan children of the society learn computer education. A presentation video about the Microsoft's initiative was also shown.