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January 30, 2006

Bill Gates visits Turkey

Posted by David Hunter at 10:44 AM ET.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates arrived in Turkey yesterday and later in the evening had dinner at the Dolmabahce Palace with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan where he met local businessmen, promised continuing investment in Turkey, and announced that “he will ‘form a silicon valley’ in Istanbul.”

It looks like a full agenda including introducing the Turkish version of Windows XP Starter Edition, addressing 2,500 Turkish students coming from all around Turkey, and attending a Microsoft CEO summit. He also spoke to journalists about a plan to

… work with Turk Telecom and memory chip maker Intel to produce cheap computers under a programme called ‘My First PC’.

Gates said the version would have safeguards to stop children from reaching ‘inappropriate sites’.

The Microsoft chairman did not detail the computers’ retail price or say when they would be available.

There was no word as to whether they will be cellphone based. And, yes, there were some protestors with “Microsoft Go Home” signs.

Filed under Bill Gates, Executives, General Business, Governmental Relations, OS - Client, Public Relations, XP Starter Edition

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