Strong partnerships: the key to unleashing the transformative potential of technology in Africa

Posted by Tracey Newman Small and Medium Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) Director for Microsoft West, East & Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands I was very pleased to see some of the best of Africa’s partner network recognised and their expertise showcased at two separate awards ceremonies that took place in Los Angeles recently. At…

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Opening Namibia’s first Microsoft IT Academy

Posted by Warren La FleurSenior Business Development Manager, Microsoft East and Southern Africa Namibia recently held its first-ever National Conference on Education at which the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Hage Geingob, called upon the private sector to engage and invest in education as a means to combat the skills-shortage and unemployment challenges facing…

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Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts in Africa acknowledged at 2011 African Business Awards

Posted by Mteto Nyati and Hennie Loubser Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa and General Manager, Microsoft WECA respectively Since 1992, when we opened our first office in Africa, we have actively worked to help individuals, communities and nations across the continent thrive and grow. Fuelled by the incredible potential we see in Africa – from…

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Microsoft leads the transformation of South Africa’s IT industry

Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Microsoft South Africa has just received the nod from the South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry indicating that it is now a Level 2 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor. What this really means, is that the local subsidiary of the software company is the most…

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Microsoft launches KiSwahili Language Interface Pack for Office 2010

Posted by Louis OtienoGeneral Manager, Microsoft East and Southern Africa The language we speak is a cornerstone of our personal, social and cultural identity. At Microsoft, we’re working hard to give people across Africa – and the globe – access to some of our popular technologies localized in their language. Our motive is to make…

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Out of Isolation: How technology is supporting refugees

There are currently 43 million people displaced by war, conflict and human rights abuses around the world. The UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR – was established 60 years ago and currently deals with 36.4 million people of concern. Technology has enabled UNHCR to make progress in critical areas of communication, mapping and tracking, data collection,…

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African finalists gear up for Imagine Cup 2011

Posted by Rizwan TufailRegional Technology Officer, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Imagination. It is a characteristic often most strongly noticed in young children in their tendency to create imaginary alternatives to their reality. In human society, the ability to imagine one’s self in another’s place is a critical part of our…

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New Innovations in IT Support Environmental Sustainability in Africa

Posted by Frank McCosker Managing Director, Microsoft Global Strategic Accounts Today, I’m in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Chief Executive Briefing, where Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, launched the UN’s new energy neutral Nairobi office building. The building is the first of its kind for the UN in Africa and is a global showcase…

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Microsoft announces BBBEE partners

Posted by Mteto NyatiManaging Director, Microsoft South Africa After an exhaustive five-month process examining and analysing the 683 hopefuls who had responded, Microsoft South Africa today unveiled the first small black-owned software development firms that will benefit from the company’s R475-million investment in a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) equity equivalence programme. The four new…

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