In case the news hasn't reached you, the Chilean Ministry of Economy signed an pact with Microsoft, and this has recently made the Latin American news. I went over some of the coverage in earlier postings, but so far only in Spanish.

Cristian Morgali, a Chilean who works for Red Hat, wrote a summary of Microsoft's "generous" baits:

  1. Training

  2. 1 Million USD for training ($67 USD per student for 15.000 students)

  3. Coordination through local non profit organizations

  4. Software

  5. 15 Million "Free users" of MSFT LIVE (Mail, Messenger, Spaces and Mobile)

  6. App Hosting, 2 Gib of storage per user, with WAP access etc.

  7. Local Government Support

  8. They will provide the framework for web page development to local municipalities.

  9. Innovation School

  10. The creation of a School of innovation in a low income province.

  11. 1 Million USD, for the development

  12. Public Local Schools

  13. MSFT will provide and maintain the software for local public schools.

  14. Schoolteacher Training

  15. 600k USD for the training of local schoolteachers.

  16. Small Business

  17. 5 Million USD in SW for small business and productivity tools.

  18. Low income areas

  19. MSFT will provide its encyclopedia, and the office Suite, with an estimated savings of 6 Mil

  20. Security Collaboration

  21. MSFT will donate its Child Explotation Traking Sistem (CETS)

  22. MSFT will contract lawyers to review the local laws regrading ciber criminals

  23. Software Security Collaboration

  24. MSFT will work with the local universities, providing bug fixes and security notices

  25. Innovation Initiatives

  26. MSFT will collaborate with 4 innovation centers at a university level, to promote innovation, with an investment of 300k over 3 years.

  27. Competitive Innovation

  28. MSFT will study the impact of technology in at least 3 important economic sectors of the country.