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New Microsoft AppFactory Academy launches in Ethiopia

Wollo University, Tulane University – Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE), and Microsoft 4Afrika have joined forces to launch a new AppFactory Academy in Ethiopia. The AppFactory will provide selected Wollo University IT graduates, and related computing discipline graduates, with a six-month internship, where they will work on real-world software development projects with senior software ... »

VeeamOn 2017: Veeam and Microsoft Extend Storage Alliance

VeeamOn 2017: Veeam and Microsoft Extend Storage Alliance

At VeeamOn 2017 – which is being held in New Orleans, Louisiana – Veeam Software announced new capabilities enabling any business to deliver the Digital Life experience users expect by protecting applications and data running in Hybrid Cloud leveraging backup and disaster recovery based on Microsoft Azure and Veeam “Always-On Cloud” Availability Platform. According to Gartner: “From 20... »

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Microsoft announces local hyperscale data centres for South Africa

Microsoft has announced that they will deploy hyperscale data centres in South Africa to deliver Azure services. According to Jon Tullett, research manager of IT Services at IDC Africa, this is a significant announcement as none of the top-tier cloud providers has traditionally had a data centre footprint in Africa. It, therefore, gives Microsoft a significant advantage on the African continent. “... »

Minecraft Education Edition

Playing Minecraft today will prevent robots taking your job tomorrow

Technology has deeply embedded itself within the modern workplace, enabling companies of all sizes to use innovation to disrupt the market, tackle challenges, take up opportunities and create demand for their offerings. Moreover, newer technology trends such as artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning is enabling a lot of tasks, previously done by people, to be automated through the ... »

Minecraft Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition officially launches in South Africa

Microsoft SA today announced that Minecraft: Education Edition is now available for purchase in South Africa. Since its 2016 global release, Minecraft: Education Edition has reached more than 75,000 students by providing educators with a fun, engaging foundation to create, explore and learn in classrooms around the globe. Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity,... »

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Microsoft embraces Digital Civility for a safer internet

February 7 2017 is international Safer Internet Day (SID) on which people and organisations commit to promote safer and more responsible use of technology, particularly among children and young people. In order to take the first step in turning this situation around, Microsoft is challenging people around the world to embrace “digital civility” and treat each other with respect and dignity online.... »

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Microsoft offers grants to organisations improving affordable internet access

In early December 2016 Microsoft Corp. renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets. The application process is now open for a new set of partners. “The social enterprises we support have inspired us with practical, high-impact and scalable approach... »


Microsoft and business leaders to connect with innovators at NexTech Africa 2017

How can we build technology that best supports African creators? How can companies start to breed a data culture for success? What does it mean for African innovations to be globally relevant? These are some of the questions that Microsoft will be exploring at NexTech Africa, the organisation’s new flagship Africa technology event taking place on 2 and 3 February 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event ... »


Classrooms to travel almost 5 million virtual km during Global Skype-a-Thon

Educators around the world are invited to participate in Microsoft’s annual two-day Skype-a-Thon, where thousands of students will attempt to travel around 4.8 million virtual kilometres. Starting on November 29 and going through November 30, the event connects classrooms in more than 47 countries to showcase how technology can be used to enhance the learning experience and promote global citizens... »

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Middle East and Africa enterprises encouraged to embrace digital transformation

Digital technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) are predicted to add US$14 trillion to the world’s 20 largest economies by 2030. That’s one fifth of the current world GDP. However, many enterprises in the Middle East and Africa are held back from fully realising digital transformation because of a lack of a clear digital strategy and robust IT policy, the inability to adapt quickly enough, ... »