ARKA News Agency, Armenia
May 17 2006

YEREVAN, May 17. /ARKA/. Official representative office of Microsoft
Corporation was opened in Armenia on May 16. Director of the Armenian
representative office of the company Grigor Barseghyan said coming
plans of Microsoft in Armenia envisage enlargement of the circle of
its partners, instruction in high technologies and cooperation with
the RA Government.

According to the Vice-President of Microsoft in the region of Central
and Eastern Europe Vahe Torosyan, opening of the corporation's office
in Armenia is of great importance for the country, especially in the
light of recent success in the sphere of economy of the republic and
particularly in the IT sphere.

The Chairman of the Union of IT Enterprises Hovhannes Avoyan said
opening of Microsoft's representation in Armenia will enable Armenia
to take its deserving place and use elaborations of the corporation
in the proper way.

Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975. At present it is the
world leader in the sphere of software development and servers,
service rendering and elaboration of Internet-technology.

Its production is being sold in more than 80 countries of the world and
was translated into more than 45 languages. Microsoft's representative
offices exist in CIS countries as well, including Ukraine, Kazakhstan,
and Azerbaijan.