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Published 29th November 2002, 6:24pm

Twenty members of the Computer Services Department are engaged in a weeklong training course on the latest Microsoft Windows PC operating system, XP Professional.

In January this will be the new standard desktop operating system replacing Windows 2000 Professional, which the government is currently using.

"Microsoft Windows XP Professional is designed for the corporate market and offers improvements in speed, stability and reliability. In turn, it is expected that it will allow for greater efficiency. As government desktop computers need replacing and upgrading they will be equipped with Microsoft Windows XP professional," explains Director of Computer Services, Mr. Gilbert McLaughlin Sr.

"This specialized training allows our department the opportunity to review the product thoroughly and design policies and procedures to ensure that the Windows XP Professional deployment within government is smooth, and secure, notes Computer Services Deputy Director for Technical Services, Mr. Wesley Howell. "The training also equips the technical staff to professionally support the products," he concludes.

One member of the Police Department, who is responsible for maintaining RCIPS computers, is also participating in the course.