Digital makes the difference for SMEs in Africa – Perspectives from Ezana Raswork, CEO of Africa 118

Africa 118 is a local start-up that offers marketing services to SMEs in Africa. Their vision is to be the digital Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for SMEs in Africa – helping organisations who don´t have a marketing person with resources to grow their business using digital services. Microsoft 4Afrika first met Africa 118 back in…

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4Afrika@4: Celebrating four years of Microsoft 4Afrika

Four years ago, if Anthony Kuria from the Red Cross in Nanyuki, Kenya, wanted to send an email, he had to walk hours to the nearest WiFi hotspot. Now, he has fast and affordable internet in his office. Four years ago, young entrepreneur Kaakpema Yelpaala started working on a solution to improve the quality of…

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What Blockchain means for Africa

Blockchain technology is being hailed as the potential ‘second generation of the Internet’. Like many innovations coming to market, Blockchain promises to disrupt the way we do business and revolutionise the financial services industry. Blockchain, which has been referred to as the incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions, first gained popularity with the digital cryptocurrency,…

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Meet the women from Africa who are ‘making what’s next’

From inventing windshield wipers to coming up with solutions to improve the lives of millions of people around the world, women have been harnessing the power of technology to do great things for their communities, families and themselves since as early as the 18th century. In Africa, women have also made their mark on the…

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How Office 365 features can help you achieve your dreams

Aisha has a thirst for making a difference. She recently graduated with a degree in social work, and she has her heart set on working at an NGO, where she can work to empower other young people. It’s difficult to even get the opportunity to meet with the right people at this NGO, but Aisha…

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4 reasons why gaming on your PC is great

Gaming consoles always seem to be the center of attention, but there are many hardcore gamers who stand by the PC as the best option for gaming. There are some good reasons for this, including having access to better, sharper graphics and more physical control when it comes to hardware. Here are 4 of the…

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Six ways to be more productive in 2017

Intelligent technology is changing how the world does things. Everyone is empowered to do more, and less. Using technology to tackle some of life’s most mundane tasks means spending more time doing what you love and less time doing what you have to do. Below is an infographic that looks at five ways we can be…

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Will next-gen technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality aid in social good?

By: Amr Kamel,  Microsoft GM in the West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands   In December 2016, Nominet Trust released the 2016 top 100 tech for good projects. This annual list explores innovations that use digital technology to drive social change around the world. Of these 100, 11 are from Africa, where solutions include…

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What does it mean for technology to be innately African?

By Amrote Abdella, Regional Director of Microsoft 4Afrika Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but African start-ups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business models suited to their markets. They have created new and uniquely African technologies that speak to their lifestyles and complexities, using the infrastructure…

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Not just science fiction: How AI is already changing our lives

The idea of artificial intelligence (AI) has long been confined to pop culture and science fiction. As it shifts into real life, there’s little wonder it’s been accompanied by feelings of unease – after all, if machines are becoming more intelligent, where will that leave us? The answer is that humans and machines are far…

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