Software Giant, Microsoft is working with the governments of India and China for encouraging rural computing programme. The concept of rural computing programme is based on PC@home, PC@Work and PC@community.
While participating in a rural computing pilot program at a small village at Luohe, Henan Province in Central China, Microsoft’s Vice President said the entire IT industry is agreed that technology access in rural computing space is required. Microsoft is working with China’s MII and the provincial governments to extend the benefits of technology to rural populations. The concepts 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. Microsoft is working Drishtee Dot Com Ltd of India to implement pilot programmes for e-Commerce and e-Health and small scale business process outsourcing needs.