Microsoft is planning to use more than 100 million US Dollars over a period of five years to open its first ever development centers in Africa.
Microsoft says it is planning to work with local partners including government and engineers. In Kenya, the company is planning to work with at least 100 engineers.
The initial sites will be in Nairobi (Kenya) and Lagos (Nigeria) with 100 full-time developers at the end of 2019 and 500 experts by the end of 2023.
According to a statement released by the company, Microsoft plans to work with African engineers to work and deliver on services such as “cloud services, which mainly use the Artificial Intelligence and applications for mixed reality,” where customers use goggles to project 3-D images onto the real world.
Microsoft has been partnering and looking for cloud customers in Africa where it has opened data centers in South Africa.
The company said it is working with Kenyan and Nigerian companies in areas like financial technology, energy, and agriculture. Cloud rival Amazon, whose Amazon Web Services is larger than Microsoft’s Azure, is also opening a data center in Africa next year. (Bloomberg)
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With the ever-growing influence of the internet, the influence of AI cannot be avoided and just like change that is ever constant, AI is almost reaching that stage.
World superpowers are fighting to control the internet and the world of data analysis. The war between the US and China is said to be revolving on who should control the internet especially the 5G that has started being rolled out.