Critical Update

The first in a series of Microsoft organised workshops to upgrade IT awareness in Sri Lanka got off this month.
Microsoft Country Manager for Sri Lanka Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne says the software giant would be rolling out a series of workshops in Colombo and in rural areas with very low IT penetration. rn

rnSpecial emphasis will also be made to include schools in rural areas.rn

rnHowever, Wijeyeratne says a key factor in penetrating the rural market is the language barrier. rn

rnWijeyeratne says most users, who are not English literate, have the ability to manoeuvre through menus and browse, but had a problem communicating through a computer. rn

rnHowever, Wijeyeratne says a Sinhala language pack could be released, possibly later this year, based on the output of a pilot project by the ICT Agency. rn

rnProviding a common language platform for users and developers, is the first step in breaking the barriers of communications says Wijeyeratne. rn

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