Microsoft To Open Four New Storage Centers In France

The head of Microsoft’s French operations Carlo Purassanta has told newsmen that the software giant is to open four data storage centres in France to meet strong customer demand for cloud computing.

“There’s strong demand from our clients. A lot of them prefer to have (cloud computing) infrastructures and their data in their home territory,” Carlo Purassanta said.

He did not reveal the size of the planned investment, but said that three of the centres would be located in the Paris region and the fourth in Marseille.

France would become the fourth European country — after Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands — to host Microsoft cloud data storage facilities.

The centres would be opened by the end of this quarter, it added.

Companies that hadn’t yet moved into cloud computing “are those which were waiting for the arrival of data storage facilities in France,” Purassanta said.

“We already have several thousand that have signed up for the centres,” he said.

Microsoft, which opened its “AI Factory” at the Station F startup campus in Paris last year to mentor young companies specialising in artificial intelligence, said that six more startups had joined the programme.

The group said it was also planning to open a college specialising in AI at its French headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux.

Other hi-tech firms, such as Google and SAP have also announced major investments in France, particularly in the areas of AI and startups, this week.

President Emmanuel Macron invited 140 multinational business leaders to a gathering at the Versailles chateau near Paris on Monday.

 

Bill Gate No Longer Interested In Microsoft

Reports have it that Bill Gates is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of Microsoft, but all of us still see him as the face of the company. Bill Gates is Microsoft. He’s always been a big proponent of Microsoft products, but presently it sounds like even he can’t use a Windows Phone anymore.

In the interview he was asked about his relationship with Steve Jobs and the new iPhone. Bill said He switched to an Android phone with “a lot of Microsoft software.”

This goes to show how irrelevant the Windows Phone has become and Microsoft doesn’t seem to care much about the platform anymore. I’d say that Windows phones have a boring U.I so that was probably the reason why it didn’t work out.

New devices are few and far between. If you want the best experience with Microsoft apps, you’re better off using Android or iOS.

Nigeria, Others To Receive Microsoft Grants To Close Gap In Computer Science

About a hundred non-profits organizations globally, and 15 across Middle East and Africa are expected to receive Microsoft grants to close gap in computer science.

Other countries in the region to receive grants, according to Microsoft, include Morocco, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Turkey, Kenya, Tunisia, South Africa, Oman, Egypt, Pakistan, Ghana and Cameroon.

These grants are a component of the $75M commitment Microsoft made to increase access to computer science education around the world through Microsoft YouthSpark, as announced by Satya Nadella last year.

Microsoft is partnering with these nonprofits by providing cash grants, content and other resources needed to bring computational thinking and problem-solving skills to young people in local communities, important building blocks to help them succeed in today’s tech-fueled economy.

“Computational thinking and problem-solving skills will be relevant to every job in the future,” Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, said, adding that, “Through our partnerships with nonprofit organizations around the world, we aim to empower all youth to prepare for this future with the foundational knowledge of computer science to dream and create the innovations of tomorrow.”

One of these partnerships is with Silatech, a dynamic social initiative that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. Microsoft recently partnered with Silatech to provide online employability resources to Arab youth through the Ta3mal employability platform.

Microsoft is also eager to continue the partnership with World Vision, the new implementing partner of the recently transitioned TizaaWorks employability platform in Ghana.

Closing the computer science skills gap and reaching young people on a global scale is a multi-faceted challenge that cannot be solved by one organization or solution alone.

Microsoft’s partnerships with nonprofit organizations mean that more young people in the MEA region—particularly underserved communities, girls and ethnic and racially diverse populations-will have access to computer science education, helping build skills critical for future success.

One such partnership that will aid in bridging the gap in computer science skills is the Oman Information Technology Society and We Speak Code Initiative which promotes learning how to code through various activities and projects.