Microsoft will spend $100M to open its first development center in Africa

Microsoft will spend more than $100 million over the next five years to open its first development center in Africa and hire 500 people within four years.

The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant announced Monday that it plans to open initial offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and Lagos, Nigeria, hiring 100 total employees by the end of 2019. It will recruit engineers working on technologies such as AI, machine learning, and mixed reality.

Microsoft is also partnering with local universities to create a modern intelligent edge and cloud curriculum unique to Africa, with access to the Africa Development Centre provided to graduates. Continue reading…

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