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Bill Gates to inaugurate 'Digital Lifestyle 05'

Last updated on: December 02, 2005 17:41 IST
Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates will inaugurate the Digital Lifestyle 2005 to be organised in Bangalore by MAIT, the apex body representing the hardware, training and R&D services sectors of the IT industry in India.

A MAIT release said the three-day event would showcase the latest technologies and products by various Indian and multinational companies.

The event aimed at bringing eager consumers face to face with the latest in digital technology, including video, photography, music, internet, wireless technologies, games and home entertainment.

It would also be a 'buying show' in which participating companies would carry out special promotion activities to enable consumers make purchases at discounted rates, the release said.

''In India, technology has been making rapid inroads and the adoption of mobility solutions and digital products in home segment has been tremendous. Today, households account for close to 30 per cent of the total IT consumption, and with the home market getting savvier, we thought it appropriate to launch a show tailor-made for the consumers," Vinnie Mehta, executive director, MAIT said.

"We expect thousands of people to visit the event and make it a great success. We would like to conduct similar shows across the length and breadth of the country,'' he added.

He said to emerge a true leader in IT, the country should not only sustain the competitiveness of the software industry through a robust hardware industry but also spur the domestic consumption and provide information access to the masses.

''We are witnessing a thrust by multinationals to set up manufacturing facilities in India as also expansion of capacity by Indian players, which is good news not only for the industry but also for the consumers,'' he added.

Some of the leading exhibitors and sponsors from the computing as well as the consumer electronics arena to take part in the Digital LifeStyle 2005 include Microsoft, Lenovo (IBM), HCL, Canon, Epson, Intel, Sony, Kodak, Acer, HP, Hitachi, Dell, Apple, Yahama, Toshiba, NEC, Onkyo, Linksys, Jamo, Denon, BenQ, Gigabyte, TVES, Computer Kitchen and Sansui.