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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Start-up Africa

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...