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After IBM and Google, Microsoft Set to Open New Engineering Office in West Africa, Nigeria

Another scramble for Africa as world tech ventures are in a “distraught surge” to put resources into the mainland’s developing tech network as Africa keeps on anticipating and position herself.

After the International Business Machines Corporation, IBM opened a $100 million worth research office in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013 and the foundation of Google’s Artificial Intelligence, AI focus in Accra, Ghana in 2018, Microsoft has now joined the temporary fad and is making advances into Africa.

The worldwide programming pioneer says another Lagos office will concentrate on structure blended reality and man-made consciousness arrangements and programming.

 

Microsoft’s augmented reality chief, Alex Kipman, announced an imminent visit to Nigeria, urging software engineers to apply for positions at the new office yet to be open.

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Earlier this year, Microsoft had announced the launching of Azure cloud data centers in South Africa. The center, reports say, is expected to enhance the processing of information and reduce data latency, especially for the financial industry.

Last year, Microsoft opened Africa’s first Software Testing center in Kenya and also established the continent’s customer service support center in Nigeria for its services and products.

The news, we gathered, was greeted with excitement in Nigeria and other African countries who for some time now, are positioning themselves as a force to reckon with in the tech world.

Currently, there are two tech-giants with data centers in the continent, one by Huawei and now Microsoft with many more, including Amazon, expected to cue in.

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