Multi-billion-pound computer firm Microsoft is coming to Burnley to give business leaders and education chiefs a glimpse of the future of IT.
The global software giant hopes to inspire companies and schools in the town to take advantage of emerging technologies to give them the cutting edge.
Microsoft technology gurus are set to showcase everything from cloud systems to tablet computing during a series of workshops and seminars next Monday.
The corporation, founded by computing luminary Bill Gates, has been invited to the North-West by computer firm Lanway to offer the sessions for business bosses and school leaders in Burnley.
Lanway managing director Andrew Henderson believes it is a huge coop to bring a global computing giant to the town.
He said: “It is very exciting.
“Microsoft are massive players - they are the biggest name in IT in the world - and I want local businesses to benefit.
“We want people to understand what is available and what technology can do for them.
“I hear it on a daily basis that businesses don’t know which was to turn about how the latest technology is going to benefit their business.
“So Microsoft are coming to help demystify the latest technologies for local businesses.”
The software behemoth is expected to showcase cloud systems, Office 365, tablet computing and the new Windows 8 operating system.
Mr Henderson said: “People will be able to see all this stuff live and in motion. Microsoft will relate all of it to businesses and schools and show real life examples of how it can make businesses more agile and how it can improve learning outcomes and standards in schools.
“It is quite a new idea and I want as many people and businesses as possible taking part.” Microsoft Training Bus will be outside Lanway’s Network65 base next Monday. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org