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Renowned technology giant, Microsoft is seeking to delve more into the African market scene. In order to accomplish this mission, Microsoft has pinpointed South Africa as a good breeding ground.

In a rather unique fashion, Microsoft is planning to provide complete cloud services in the African continent from a very suitable location on the continent. This seems to presume an interesting development in the African technology environment.

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Microsoft has however identified locations in South Africa- Cape Town and Johannesburg- as the areas that will serve as the base for the delivery of the cloud services. These locations are data centres which will be the home base of Microsoft’s complete cloud services in Africa.

The utilization of these locations for Microsoft’s complete cloud services appears to be the first on the African scene. The data centres which have not been assigned names will serve as base stations for Microsoft to provide some of its products. The Microsoft products that will be provided via this channel include: Office365, Dynamics365 and Azure.

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Although, the plans to actualize this vision has been set in motion, it will take until 2018 before it materialize. This period will be enough to put in place what needs to be put in place for the project to break new grounds in the continent.

Executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft Corp, Scott Guthrie stated that the move to provide Microsoft cloud services in Africa will yield more development in the continent technology-wise and the innovative minds of tech aficionados will be on the maximal functioning level as a result of resources that’ll made available to them.

“We’re excited by the growing demand for cloud services in Africa and their ability to be a catalyst for new economic opportunities,” stated Scott.

He added, “With cloud services ranging from intelligent collaboration to predictive analytics, the Microsoft Cloud delivered from Africa will enable developers to build new and innovative apps, customers to transform their businesses, and governments to better serve the needs of their citizens.”

While Microsoft is putting the finishing touches to the service, we hope in earnest that the service will highly benefit the African continent enormously.

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