Microsoft, recently, signed an agreement with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, at an ongoing African Union Summit on Information and Communication Technology. As a part of this agreement, Microsoft is to provide software, technical support and software development. But the company denied, that its partnerships with governmental and nongovernmental organizations are calculated to lock users to Microsoft products.
The UNECA is expected to use Microsoft products and services to enhance policy areas and education, and establish strong architectural networks within African countries. Microsoft is working with major African organizations like the Africa Union, Africa Development Bank, Economic Community of West African States and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). It is also working with several ministries of education in Africa.