IBM offers low-cost computing solution for Africa

Sep 23, 2009
US computer giant IBM and South Africa's Canonical on Wednesday announced the launch of a Web-based service aimed at helping African businesses that cannot afford traditional personal computers.

US computer giant IBM and South Africa's Canonical on Wednesday announced the launch of a Web-based service aimed at helping African businesses that cannot afford traditional personal computers.

The Client for Smart Work targets users of low-cost netbook computers providing a personal computing software package whose features include email, word processing, spreadsheets and .

IBM said Smart Work will "help businesses in bridge the digital divide by leapfrogging traditional PCs and proprietary software."

"Businesses that could not afford traditional PCs for all employees can now use any type of device and low-cost software to enable all workers to work smarter anywhere using a variety of devices," the New York-based company said.

Smart Work runs on Canonical's Ubuntu open-source Linux operating system.

"Starting with Africa, we see that this smart client package can help realize our vision of eliminating barriers to computer access for emerging markets," said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth.

"The IBM Client for Smart Work builds on the movement toward open standards and Web-based personal computing by giving people the power to work smarter, regardless of device," added Bob Picciano, general manager, IBM Lotus Software.

IBM estimated that Smart Work will deliver up to 50 percent savings per seat versus a comparable Microsoft-based desktop.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Detecting and blocking leaky Android apps

Related Stories

IBM Announces Public Beta for Lotus Notes and Domino 8

Mar 16, 2007

IBM today announced that users can now download and try IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8, a next generation email and collaboration platform that helps users streamline daily business tasks that run across a variety ...

IBM offers free office software suite

Sep 19, 2007

IBM is releasing IBM Lotus Symphony, a suite of software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The tools can be downloaded at no charge.

You've got mail -- somewhere

Dec 20, 2007

New "smart" email search software from IBM can figure out what you are trying to find, even when you aren't so sure yourself. Its semantic search capabilities allow you to search on concepts and ideas rather than set-in-stone ...

Recommended for you

'Deep web search' may help scientists

4 hours ago

When you do a simple Web search on a topic, the results that pop up aren't the whole story. The Internet contains a vast trove of information—sometimes called the "Deep Web"—that isn't indexed by search ...

Finger gestures will tell your smartwatch what to do

6 hours ago

Gesture control for smartwatches is the key mission for a startup called Deus Ex Technology. They have devised a module which can fit into a smartwatch band and behave as a gesture controller for your timepiece. ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.