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Taiwan clinches first place at Microsoft software contest

2012/08/02 16:14:45

Los Angeles, Aug. 1 (CNA) Frequent use of computer software for school assignments has helped a Taiwanese university student win a category at the 2012 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office in Las Vegas Wednesday.

Yeh Chih-chang, who will begin her fourth year at New Taipei-based Tamkang University, won the first place in the Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 category at the annual event. It was the fifth first prize won by Taiwan's team over the past four years.

Meanwhile, Chen Man-ying of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology won the third place in the same category.

Yeh received a cash prize of US$5,000 and Chen, US$500, as well as a medal and a certificate each.

Chiu Sung-hsuan, deputy leader of the six-member Taiwanese team, said he was quite pleased with the results because the team faced tougher competition this year compared to last year.

Taiwan won the first place in the Powerpoint 2007 category in 2011, top places in Word and Excel in 2010, and in Excel in 2009.

Yeh said she is familiar with the software as she often uses it for school assignments, but was quite surprised to win the competition because she was not sure if she correctly understood the exam which was translated from English to Chinese.

According to organizers, contestants from 73 countries and regions competed in six categories -- the 2010 and 2007 editions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint -- in this year's competition that was held from July 29 to Aug. 1.

(By Oscar Wu and Kay Liu)