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Egyptian teachers ready to embrace ICT in the classroom
Posted by the Editorial Team Mark East, General Manager Operations – Microsoft WW Education, recently visited Egypt to meet with government and school leaders to discuss the future of education in the country, and how to solve some of the current challenges. During his visit, Mark was...
4 Jun 2015
IT skills give Mauritian NGO’s the tools they need to make a real impact
Guest blog post by Lindsay Pointu, e-Inclusion Foundation We live in a fast-paced digital era where new technology comes into play every day. For any organisation to flourish, it is essential that it incorporates this technology into its workings to improve productivity and efficiency – and...
2 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
There’s no limit to what you can achieve as a woman in ICT, says Somtochukwu Ochuba
Posted by the Editorial Team In the spirit of International Women's Day on 8 March, we are speaking to some of the inspirational women at Microsoft. Somtochukwu Ochuba is one of our MACH's (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) in Nigeria. After spending 2014 as a 4Afrika intern in Nigeria,...
5 May 2015
Mariam Abdullahi: Always hungry to learn and make an impact in ICT
Posted by the Editorial Team Microsoft had many reasons to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, thanks to the strong women occupying some of the lead roles in the company. One of those women, Mariam Abdullahi – the Mobile Devices Lead in East Africa – explains her early...
17 Mar 2015
ICT is the place to be for 21st century women, says Djam Bakhshandegi
As we celebrate women who are making it happen on International Women’s Day on 8 March, we are profiling some of Microsoft’s leading ladies. Corporate Social Investment Lead, Djam Bakhshandegi, shares her pride in seeing women leaders leaning in and supporting one another and encourages young...
16 Mar 2015
Celebrating women in ICT with Tonia Kariuki
Posted by Editorial Team In celebration of International Women’s Day, which took place on 8 March, we wanted to profile one of Microsoft’s leading ladies – Tonia Kariuki, the Marketing Director for our 4Afrika Initiative . Tonia loves being a woman in the ICT industry because of...
13 Mar 2015
Bridging the gender gap and empowering women in ICT
“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind,” said the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. He was talking about the importance of gender equality, which is something Microsoft takes very seriously, especially in Africa where the gender gap can be wide. It is also an important...
11 Mar 2015
Africa’s Pioneers in Education
Posted by Zeid Shubailat Education Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Last week, nearly 100 educators, experts and school administrators gathered in Mombasa, Kenya for the third annual Pan-African Innovative Education Forum. We thank our generous hosts and partners at the Aga Khan Academy...
1 Sep 2010
Looking beyond ICT for ICT’s sake
Posted by Rizwan Tufail Regional Director and Technology Officer for Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Technology is an undisputed enabler of innovation. And in Africa, it has the potential to revolutionize development. In particular, the explosion of mobile phones...
25 Apr 2012
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
Rural Technology Lab Launched in Mali
Posted by Matt Berg ICT Director, Millennium Villages Project To demonstrate the critical role technology can play in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty, the Earth Institute, Columbia University has partnered with Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Community Technology...
10 Mar 2011
Inspiration at the Imagine Cup
Posted by Aben Kovoor Director of Developer & Platform Ecosystem Group, Middle East and Africa, Microsoft It’s amazing how a little imagination and forward thinking can change the world. Where would we be today without advances in medicine like the MRI, technology like PCs and the Internet...
2 Aug 2010
Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum leading the way for teachers
Posted by Sarietjie Musgrave Head of ICT Innovation in School Education at the University of the Free State, South Africa The sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF) kicks off today in Cape Town with a visit to schools in the area that are leading the way in new and exciting teaching...
27 Oct 2010
Microsoft announces BBBEE partners
Posted by Mteto Nyati Managing 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...
29 Mar 2011
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
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 launches KiSwahili Language Interface Pack for Office 2010
Posted by Louis Otieno General 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...
22 Jun 2011
Sustainable capacity building in Africa
Posted by Hennie Loubser General Manager, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands In recent years, it has been the private sector that has driven the expansion of technology access in Africa, by investing USD 11.5 billion or an average 1.3% of Africa’s GDP between 2004...
25 Nov 2010
Microsoft Helps Create the UNESCO KINL (Knowledge and Innovations Network for Literacy) Portal
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that in conjunction with International Literacy Day it is launching a new portal for supporting and promoting literacy efforts globally. The portal, called the Knowledge an Innovations Network for Literacy (KINL...
8 Sep 2010
Africa perfectly poised for the cloud
Posted by Hennie Loubser Regional General Manager for West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands I recently attended CIO Africa Summit in Nairobi, where African ICT professionals gathered to discuss Africa’s IT opportunities and challenges. One of this year’s clear focus areas...
23 Sep 2010
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