The Turkish government recently outlined its plans for the Fatih project, a new proposal to replace traditional blackboards and textbooks in the country’s educational institutions with ebooks and tablet computers.
Both Microsoft and Apple have been interested in securing the project, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer already having met with the Turkish Science and Technology Minister.
Redmond has agreed to establish a research and development center in Turkey, as the government of the country wants the company that wins the contract to manufacture the tablets in the country.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, Microsoft Turkey General Manager Tamer Özmen was quoted as confirming the news:
“Within Fatih, we’re working on establishing the first research and development laboratory in Turkey.”
Although it is in pole position to win this contract, Redmond, of course, is yet to comment on its plans.
Obviously a contract of 15 million tablets at stake in the country, this could be a big win for both companies, particularly Microsoft as it looks to kick its tablet ambitions into high gear.
The Redmond based technology titan jumped into the tablet game late last year with its Surface brand of slates. The company is currently trying to streamline its retail channels around the globe and bring both Surface RT and Surface Pro to several important new markets worldwide.