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Dell, Microsoft team up on (Red) PCs

Dell, Microsoft team up on (Red) PCs

Dell will sell special red-colored versions of its XPS line of computers to raise money for AIDS treatment programs in Africa, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Dell will sell special crimson-red versions of its XPS line of computers to raise money for AIDS treatment programs in Africa, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Dell is working with Microsoft on the project, which is expected to be announced later this week during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, wrote Lionel Menchaca, digital media manager at Dell.

Sales of the computers will benefit (Red), a project started by U2 singer Bono and Bobby Shriver, chairman of the Africa-focused charity Debt AIDS Trade Africa.

Companies such as Motorola, Apple and the clothing retailer The Gap have released (Red) versions of their products. Proceeds from the sales go to The Global Fund, a health organization focusing on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Dell will offer the XPS M1530 and M1330 notebooks and the XPS One desktop under the (Red) product line. The PCs will run Microsoft's Vista Ultimate (Product) Red, according to Microsoft.

The Global Fund will receive US$50 for every laptop sold, enough money for four months of antiretroviral medication. Every desktop sold will net the fund $80, according to Microsoft.


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