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The Start of something new
By Rotimi Olumide, Business Group Director, Windows Division at Microsoft The year was 1995 and a whole new world had opened up for Windows 95 users with the introduction of the Start menu. I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers the sequence: Start > Programs > Accessories >...
2 Sep 2015
African students inspire in Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change 2015 competition
Posted by Jeffrey Avina, Citizenship Director for Middle East and Africa I was thrilled to hear that three students from Africa made it through to the final round of the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change competition this year, with 17-year-old Saviour Okusenogu from Nigeria being named as...
17 Jun 2015
Talking about African startups with Amine Chouaieb
Posted by Editorial Team CEO of Tunisian startup, CHIFCO, is passionate about doing work that impacts the community. With the help of a Microsoft 4Afrika grant, he has been able to do just that by developing technology that taps into the Internet of Things to give African users access to products...
29 Apr 2015
Women bring a unique perspective to tech, says Sharon Harris
Posted by Editorial Team In the spirit of International Women’s Day earlier this month, we are putting the spotlight on some of our inspiring women in tech at Microsoft. Global Sales Strategy Lead, Mobile and Windows Ads In Apps, Sharon Harris, is one of our leading ladies. She shares her passion...
26 Mar 2015
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...
24 Mar 2015
A Look Inside: Enabling Forest Protection and Education through Microsoft’s Offset Investments
Carbon neutrality is important to Microsoft, not only in terms of our direct carbon emissions, but also when it comes to protecting biodiversity , promoting health and wellbeing and securing food and jobs. Deforestation is estimated to account for approximately 18 percent of global carbon emissions,...
3 Feb 2015
Esther Olatunde - from the slums to software developer
Esther Olatunde This Ajegunle-born youth became a software developer with the help of a Microsoft YouthSpark programme Growing up as a timid young girl with a low self-esteem in one of the most notorious slums in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria, Esther Olatunde could easily have become a miscreant...
27 Oct 2014
5 minutes with Dele Akinsade
Posted by Editor Dele has recently taken up the position of Server and Tools Business Group Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he was the Developer Platform Evangelism Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. Here, he shares his thoughts on life, Africa and why he loves his job. How long have you...
25 Feb 2014
Driving growth in Kenya through mobility
Posted by: Bruce Howe, general manager of Nokia East Africa The Kenyan market has shown phenomenal growth in the use of mobile phones and particularly smartphones. Data from the GSM Association shows that the smartphone market is growing at 40% per annum and that this growth will continue up to 2017...
21 Feb 2013
African finalists gear up for Imagine Cup 2011
Posted by Rizwan Tufail Regional 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...
19 May 2011
Microsoft accelerates tech growth in Africa with Dev Camps
Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Developers are crucial to Africa’s digital development. Without local developers to rely on, Africa would struggle to gain ground in an increasingly digital global economy. And, they are...
29 Apr 2013
Horn of Africa Crisis
By Brad Smith , General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs It has been over two months since famine was declared in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, leaving 12.4 million people in need of emergency aid. Every day over 1,500 famine-stricken Somalis arrive in...
29 Sep 2011
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...
29 Jun 2011
Where Have Africa's Future Builders Gone?
Posted by Louis Otieno Regional Director, Business Development & Strategy for Microsoft Africa Original source: This is Africa - Where Have Africa's Future Builders Gone? "Young people around the world are facing an emerging opportunity divide between those who have access to a good education...
21 Sep 2012
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...
5 Nov 2013
Microsoft’s YouthSpark turns one - and gets ready to target more African youth
By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Microsoft’s Partners in Learning isn’t the only initiative to celebrate an anniversary this year. On the 23 rd of September 2013, Microsoft’s global YouthSpark...
7 Oct 2013
SMBs Keep Africa’s Economy Moving
Posted by Robert Kayihura Director - Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft understands the importance of small and medium businesses (SMBs) to Africa’s economy, which is why in November we launched Keep Your Business Moving . This online program is designed to provide advice to...
23 Jan 2013
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...
22 Jun 2012
Partnering With Microsoft to Transform Education in Africa
Guest Post By Claire Ighodaro CBE Independent Director, British Council As a British Council Trustee, I was proud to announce a new international education and training partnership with Microsoft this morning, at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum 2011 in Washington DC. The partnership...
8 Nov 2011
Celebrating 10 years of Partners in Learning
By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands On the 10 th of September 2013, Microsoft’s flagship education programme, Partners in Learning (PiL) , celebrated its 10 year anniversary. We celebrated 10 years of helping...
20 Sep 2013
Posted by Aben Kovoor Area Lead, Developer & Platform Group, Microsoft Middle East & Africa To help accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and early stage startups across the African continent, we were proud to announce our support last month for the LIONS@FRICA initiative in partnership...
27 Jun 2012
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...
4 Jun 2013
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