In a move to improve the Environment Society of Oman's (ESO) IT infrastructure and
enable it enhance its project handling capabilities, Microsoft has donated the latest
Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007 and a new Microsoft authorized refurbished
PC to ESO. The ESO's PCs are now running on Windows Vista enhanced with the latest
The ESO was officially established in March 2004 as per the ministerial decision
issued by the Ministry of Social Development and by Omanis from different backgrounds
representing different regions. The organization grew to having a current membership
of about 400 individuals and 20 corporate entities. ESO has various ongoing terrestrial
projects in Oman that aim to increase awareness and spread understanding among people
who can either damage or enhance the place where they live and work. Some of these
projects include Project Wa'al, Project Shajar and Project Manadhir.
"We are dedicated to partnering with humanitarian and environmental initiatives
in Oman, as part of our commitment to the countries we operate in" said Abdullah
Lootah, Country Manager, Microsoft Oman. "We are providing the society with a refurbished
PC running on the Windows Vista platform coupled with the latest Microsoft Office
2007 suite, to enable the society to efficiently manage their day to day operations
and ongoing projects, making their impact on environment in Oman even greater"
ESO's current marine projects focus on the protection of coral reefs and conservation-based
research on whales and dolphins. Other projects also include the Daymaniyat Islands
Project, Satellite Tracking of Loggerhead Turtles and Mooring Buoys Campaign.
"The donation of the refurbished PC with the latest software will enable us to have
a more solid IT platform and help streamline our operations," said Osamah Abudllatif,
ESO Executive Director. "We have a significant number of projects across the sultanate
and it's imperative that we are able to record and log data accurately in order
to get a detailed understanding of how we're progressing."
In addition to donations contributed to ESO, Microsoft Oman also works with other
NGOs, the Omani Government and partners to provide the latest software and technology
to those in need, and empower people with ICT skills; improving their chances of
ESO has other ongoing campaigns targeted at raising awareness about recycling and
reducing plastic bag usage, and educating adults and children about environmental
hazards with the aim to create an environmental friendly society.