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Why Tech giants like Google and Microsoft are flocking to Africa

Why Tech giants like Google and Microsoft are flocking to Africa

Business, Internet, Technology
Now approaching 226 million, the number of smartphone connections across Africa has doubled over the last two years, according to a report published by GSMA on Africa's mobile economy. This leap coupled with the growing number of technology hubs and companies in major African cities is a boon for tech investors. It's why Microsoft and Google are not the only international technology companies staking their claims on the continent. Thanks to one of Google's many products, TensorFlow, rural farmers on the continent can diagnose diseased plants by taking a photo of it. TensorFlow came with the launch of Google's artificial intelligence (AI) center in Accra, Ghana's capital city earlier this year. The center, one of the multinational tech company's many investments in Africa, is compr...
Microsoft Officially Launches Azure Cloud Data Centers

Microsoft Officially Launches Azure Cloud Data Centers

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Microsoft has finally launched its two Azure cloud data centers in two big cities in South Africa; Cape Town and Johannesburg. With the new data centers, Azure resellers in South Africa are now able to provide enterprise-grade reliability and performance using local data residency. Natasha Bezuidenhout, Microsoft Brand Executive at First Distribution said: “It has been Microsoft’s experience that local data center infrastructure supports and stimulates economic development for both customers and partners alike.” She added, “Local data centers take the benefits of the cloud a step further, bolstering the technology ecosystem that supports local innovation and business, and offering enterprise-grade reliability and performance with local data residency, which is important
Alarming Report: Microsoft collects & stores personal behavioral data on a large scale via Office 2016/365

Alarming Report: Microsoft collects & stores personal behavioral data on a large scale via Office 2016/365

Cyber Security, Technology
A new impact assessment shows privacy risks Microsoft Office ProPlus Enterprise. On behalf of the Ministry of Security and Justice, Privacy Company carried out a DPIA on DPIA on Microsoft Office ProPlus (Office 2016 MSI and Office 365 CTR). At the request of the Ministry, they published a blog about the findings. The SLM Rijk conducts negotiations with Microsoft for approximately 300.000 digital work stations of the national government. The Enterprise version of the Office software is deployed by different governmental organisations, such as ministries, the judiciary, the police and the taxing authority. The results of this Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) are alarming. Microsoft collects and stores personal data about the behaviour of individual employees on a large scale...
Free Microsoft upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 Ends in 24 hours

Free Microsoft upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 Ends in 24 hours

Internet, Technology
If you’re still running Windows 8.1, be advised that Microsoft shut down mainstream support a week ago. But there’s still a last-ditch upgrade path: Microsoft’s assistive technology loophole, which closes in 24 hours. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 8.1 on January 9, five years after the operating system’s debut. Essentially, it’s dead, and for the average consumer, Windows 8.1 will remain forever unchanged, with no new features or bug fixes. Instead, Microsoft has migrated the OS to “extended support,” which will only provide security updates for another five years, until 2023. In Microsoft’s world view, consumers should have already migrated to Windows 10, a modern OS with big fixes, patches, and period updates. And while the company gave users a one-year window to f
Microsoft launches Kaizala in Kenya, a messaging app for group communications and work management

Microsoft launches Kaizala in Kenya, a messaging app for group communications and work management

Startups
Microsoft has launched Kaizala, a mobile app designed for large group communication, work management, reporting and analytics, integrated with Office 365. Businesses using Kaizala are able to connect with large groups of people across their entire value chain, wherever they are, all on a single platform on their mobile phone. Unlike other chat-based apps in the market, Kaizala extends beyond a communication function, enhancing business agility, collaboration and organisational productivity. According to Sebuh Haileleul, Country General Manager for Microsoft East and Southern Africa, Kaizala addresses several challenges faced by most businesses in Africa who manage field staff remotely. Kaizala is available for Android and iOS phones. “Task workers working on construction s