Microsoft helps develop African micro-enterprise

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US software giant, Microsoft, is to help African governments create local computer industry and support small-scale enterprises to become competitive on the world market.

The Director General of Microsoft West and Central Africa and of the Emmanuel Onyeie Centre announced this on Thursday in Dakar at the launch on the Senegalese market of three office automation softwares designed by Microsoft.

Windows server 2008, Visual Studio and SQL 2008 constituted “a watershed in the manner in which big enterprises and governments use and manage their distributed computer networks”, officials of the computer giant said.

The goals of the new computer solutions are to improve and optimise the resources of enterprises, to minimise costs and increase performances from within.

Windows Server 2008 makes it possible to gain access to distance computing systems and enables the user to identify, manage and resolve problems of computer systems based on one and the same site.

Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 are productivity applications put at the disposal of computer professionals.

The launch of these products which designers refer to as “heroes in action”, the most important product in the history of Microsoft, is a strategy aimed at focusing on clients, partners and users of these technologies whose influence is not to be neglected.

In addition to its activities in equipping enterprises and public enterprises for the management of systems of information, transfer of competences and the creation of income-generating jobs in African countries, Microsoft also attaches great importance to the social component, namely the training of teachers and students in computing.

In line with the philosophy of Microsoft in promoting universal access to information and communication technologies, the three new computer solutions would be put free of charge at the disposal of students and small-scale enterprises in the rural areas, Mrs Cécile Charlot, Director of Marketing at the Windows Server Department, said.

Windows Server is an operating system that makes it possible for servers to operate on a large scale and provides computer officials with a series of tools that facilitate the management and control of their network infrastructure in the fields of security, virtualization and web productivity, among others. Panapress.

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