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Microsoft, AGRA partner to transform Africa’s agriculture sector digitally

Microsoft, AGRA partner to transform Africa’s agriculture sector digitally

Business, Startups, Technology
As a market, digital services in Africa's agriculture sector remains untapped say experts and could be worth over US$2.26-billion. Microsoft, through its 4Afrika Initiative, has announced a new collaboration with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture. The collaboration was announced at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) and will support AGRA's digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries by 2021. Microsoft and AGRA will explore uses of big data and artificial intelligence "in enabling data-driven, precision farming that increases farm productivity and profitability." The partnership will also support farmers in adopting new technologies thr...
Office 365 services to reach more customers from Microsoft’s African datacenters

Office 365 services to reach more customers from Microsoft’s African datacenters

Business, Mobile, Technology
Office 365 services are now generally available through relatively new data centers in South Africa. Microsoft has expanded its presence in Africa steadily, including bringing Microsoft Azure to the continent earlier this year. Opening data centers in South Africa is important because many countries have rules regarding the location of cloud data centers. Paul Lorimer, Distinguished Engineer for Microsoft 365, expanded on the importance of the data center in a Microsoft blog post: In-country data residency for core customer data helps Office 365 customers meet regulatory requirements, which is particularly important and relevant in industries such as healthcare, financial services, and government—where organizations need to keep specific data in-country to comply with local requi
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...