Microsoft set to spend $100m to launch its first development center in Africa

Microsoft Corp is set to invest $100 million to set up an Africa technology development centre with sites in Kenya and Nigeria for the next 5 years, the company disclosed last week.

In its statement, the software topdog revealed that it plans to part with the amount till 2024 and employ one hundred full-time developers at the 2 countries by the end of the year which will expand to five hundred before 2024.

The company is planning to get staffs to work in areas like cloud services, which makes use of AI and apps for mixed reality — where customers use goggles to have 3D images projected onto the real world. The mega tech enterprise is expecting the demand for cloud computing services in Africa to keep increasing in years to come, and local cloud accessibility can bring about a startup boom due to the experimental possibilities you get with cloud computing services.

Jaime Galviz, who is Microsoft’s COO and CMO for the Middle East and Africa said, “The future of the world in terms of labour work force is here in Africa and we started working about infrastructure that is needed in order to untap that opportunity, and give the opportunity for all the African countries in order to do the bridging in the details cap.”

“So one of the things we created is first we announced, like two months ago, a full data centre in South Africa that creates infrastructure.”

“The future of the world in terms of labour work force is here in Africa and we started working about infrastructure that is needed in order to untap that opportunity, and give the opportunity for all the African countries in order to do the bridging in the details cap.”

Microsoft launched its first office in Africa almost 30 years ago.

It runs a program named Microsoft 4Afrika, which started 6 years ago and is “Microsoft’s business and market development engine on the continent.”

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