Microsoft has launched rural computing programme, InfoWagons, in China and India to encourage the social and economic empowerment. Agricultural workers of China are becoming high-tech by utilising these InfoWagons.
The high-tech buses are equipped with 15 student PCs and one instructor PCs. These buses will serve as computer training centres on wheels as they circulate to rural villages throughout one of China's most populous province. The main goal of Microsoft Computing programme is to empower people by introducing them to the benefits of ICT. Microsoft is working with China's MII and the provincial governments to extend the benefits of technology to rural populations. Initially, there are six InfoWagons, which are equipped with desktop PCs and IT tutors. The concept includes PC@home to deliver healthcare information, entertainment and education; PC@work, which focuses on information browsing related to agriculture, crop prices and supply chain management; and PC@community, which focuses on an Information Center for computer training, information search, e-Government and e-Commerce experiences with the intention of improving the connection of China's rural farmers with the global marketplace and the government.
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