Microsoft to invest $100million in Kenya, Nigeria tech development hubs

They will customize local applications and seek solutions to local problems for the African continent.
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 27, 2017, shows the French headquarters of US multinational technology company Microsoft in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a Paris’ suburb. – In August 2016, the lifeless bodies of a young French man and woman were discovered on a beach in Madagascar, with murder suspected. Both, volunteers for a local whale protection group, communicated on Facebook’s instant messaging service and via emails on Microsoft’s Outlook. The secret to the case could be in the last messages they sent, but those are stored in the databanks of US tech giants who don’t have to turn over the information to French investigators. The case is one of a growing number highlighting how key evidence needed to solve crimes could sit in computers a continent away under completely different legal jurisdiction. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Microsoft Corporation says it will invest  $100 million in technology development centres across Nigeria and Kenya over a 5-year period.

The firm will be hiring more than 100 engineers from these countries. They will customize local applications and seek solutions to local problems for the African continent.

Other global tech giants, like Alphabet Incorporated owners of Google and YouTube and Facebook, owners of Instagram and WhatsApp, have been increasing their investments on the continent.

Microsoft on its part, says it has six other development hubs located across the world. The new Africa development hub will also support the company’s known businesses like Office, Azure and Windows.

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