Millions of African Students Vie for Tomorrow’s Jobs Today, thanks to Office 365 ProPlus

Posted by Warren H. A. La Fleur, Regional Manager, Education Industry for Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Across the African continent, growing evidence suggests that learning by using technology is essential to deliver good academic results and to supply a tech savvy work force pool, according to The eLearning Africa Report…

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Microsoft invests in the future of South African SMEs

By Mteto Nyati, Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council and MD of Microsoft South Africa When we launched the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative in February this year, we set out to improve Africa’s economic competitiveness. Key to this is our goal of getting one million SMEs online in three years, and it as my honour…

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African innovation leads the way for global citizenship

Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands “Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.” – Bill Gates I am thrilled by the African finalists of this year’s Imagine Cup competition. It’s no secret how innovative African…

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Imagine Cup: the journey continues

Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa I can’t believe Imagine Cup 2012 has come and gone again, after months of build-up and excitement. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to be part of the journey and to engage with the talented African teams that made it…

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Best of Africa at Imagine Cup 2012

Posted by Dele Akinsade, Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein Marking Imagine Cup’s ten-year anniversary in 2012, Microsoft is celebrating the 1.4 million (and counting!) students who have participated in the world’s premier technology competition. By focusing on student-led…

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Imagine Cup, the perfect platform to encourage innovative thinking in South Africa

Guest Post by Josh LeibsteinStudent and Imagine Cup finalist When I developed the computer-aided detection programme to identify tuberculosis at an early stage, I never imagined it would lead to winning first prize at Microsoft’s South Africa leg of the Imagine Cup. The competition was tough as there were many great projects – all of them…

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Wonderbag at COP17: A Simple … Real Impact Idea

Posted by Sarah Collins CEO, Wonderbag As the CEO of Wonderbag I have spent the last several days with my partner Microsoft at COP17. 20,000 attendees, representing 191 countries and 12 heads of state, all descended on Durban, South Africa, where I live and run my business. We experienced some very busy days and long nights…

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The building BRICS for knowledge economies

Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Earlier this year, South African president Jacob Zuma joined his counterparts from Brazil, Russia, India and China on China’s Hainan Island for a summit meeting of the informal group named after the initials of its members. Formerly BRIC, it is now the BRICS club. Many commentators…

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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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