Microsoft yesterday announced the launch ‘Africa Pack’: a suite of Microsoft technologies and locally-relevant content; free to consumers across Africa who purchase or currently run a genuine version of Windows 7, and made available to Microsoft partners to distribute with new PCs that are preinstalled with, or bundled with locally attached, copies of genuine Windows. The suite – available in both English and French – includes local language interface (LIP) packs for the continent’s most widely spoken local languages including KiSwahili, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, and Amharic.
The first edition of the Microsoft Africa Pack includes:
- Microsoft Security Essentials – award-winning anti-virus solution that provides real-time protection for your PC; detects, blocks, and removes viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits, bots, worms, and other malicious software.
- Windows Live Essentials – allows you to do more with Windows on your PC with programs for photos, movies, instant messaging, email, social networking and more.
- Africa Theme Pack – desktop wallpapers and themes to customize your PC.
- Local Language Interface Packs (LlP) for KiSwahili, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, and Amharic add a language layer to Windows and provide a roughly 80 percent localized experience by presenting the user interface – commands, dialogue boxes and more – in the user’s native language.
- Internet Explorer 9 – the latest version of Microsoft’s popular browser for a fast, clean and trusted browsing experience.
- Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7.