As our region and the rest of the world responds to the outbreak, our thoughts are with the people affected and the medical professionals working around the clock to help those most in need. At Microsoft, we’re working to do our part by ensuring the safety of our employees. We’re striving to protect the health and well-being of the communities in which we operate. And we’re providing technology, solutions, tips, and resources to help people work and learn remotely while they stay safe and connected.
The new decade has got off to a challenging start, pushing humanity to the limit. And amidst navigating this uncharted landscape, it is all the more vital that we remain committed to the region, and deliver tailored technology solutions to help our customers and communities.
For Africa, digital transformation will be an enabler of rapid development across the continent, positively impacting the most vulnerable communities. Public-private partnerships will play a critical role in accelerating transformation.
The impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s development can be either a massive barrier to advancement, or the spark that lights the fire of innovation and digital investment across the continent.
Microsoft, together with the 1000 Women Trust and TEARS Foundation, have launched the Safe@Home Hackathon to address gender-based violence in South Africa. The virtual hackathon invites South African developers to create solutions to help victims of gender-based violence.
Supported by Microsoft 4Afrika, CPGR, with Thasa Technologies, developed a Covid-19 testing solution suitable for rapid production and roll-out in South Africa and across the continent, enabled by Microsoft Azure.
COVID-19 has hit the youth hardest – according to the International Labor Organization more than one in six young people are no longer working. Even those still employed have lost around a quarter of working hours.
Microsoft has announced the expansion of its award-winning Surface device range into South Africa, with the introduction of the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 for both commercial and consumer customers.
Vodacom Business and Microsoft South Africa have partnered to provide access to continuous, connected digital learning for South Africa’s education institutions, educators and learners through their Connected Digital Education initiative.
Microsoft Corp. announced a new global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. The announcement comes in response to the global economic crisis caused by COVID-19.
Microsoft held its first ‘Imagining the Future: Microsoft AI Virtual Summit’ to address how technologies like AI will play an important role to enable governments, businesses and communities navigate through unprecedented times, and build the new normal.
What started as a pilot project two years ago with the ADvTECH Group to test the potential of remote learning at its South African schools, has evolved into a full-scale rollout to transform primary and high school education.
To accelerate remote learning in a safe and secure environment, Microsoft is supporting the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan by deploying Teams for official online and remote learning interactions across more than 100 ublic and private universities.
Now is the time for Africa to actively promote socially-led enterprise to drive innovation, create a dynamic business ecosystem, and solve for the continent’s pressing social needs.
As more and more people across Africa are required to stay home, we are seeing a massive shift towards remote learning. This has meant the growth in the usage of collaborative tools such as Microsoft’s Teams.
Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts across the Middle East and Africa agree online learning is helping students understand more about how they learn, what they’re interested in learning and the support they need to achieve.
Now that we’re all working from home more often, it’s more important than ever to be aware of you and your team’s different work styles
One of the largest NHS trusts in England is using Microsoft HoloLens on its Covid-19 wards to keep doctors safe as they help patients with the virus.
Bahrain’s Ministry of Education joined forces with Microsoft to accelerate its E-learning strategy and make the transition to remote education in the Kingdom. The effort has enabled public schools with free access to Office 365.
IDC and Microsoft today hosted an exclusive webinar featuring industry experts to discuss business continuity and its challenges, as organizations in the region and around the world maintain the remote working norm.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Lebanon has announced the roll out of a Covid-19 Health bot solution for citizens. Powered by Microsoft Azure, the Bot has an inbuilt symptom checker.
Research shows businesses across the Middle East and Africa are battling to acquire the digital skills they need, and yet, many countries across the region have a remarkably low number of STEM graduates who are women.
Many teams within Microsoft have worked in an entirely virtual way for years. The leaders of some of these teams share key learnings as they’ve adapted to best support their people during this challenging time.
With more than 1.5 billion students and youth affected globally by closures of schools and universities, the COVID-19 crisis has prompted institutions to switch to remote learning at unprecedented scale.
Microsoft is joining forces with its partners to give academic institutions in South Africa free half-day training in Teams to help them effectively use the technology and enable more seamless remote learning within the country.
The Ministry of Education has enriched their smart learning ecosystem with Microsoft Teams. The program aims to enhance safety for students and society at large while ensuring smooth flow and completion of the curriculums.
Jacaranda College in Gauteng needs technology that is able to improve school efficiencies from both a teaching, learning and administrative perspective. It’s important for the school to balance its business operations with its educational responsibilities.
As businesses across the Middle East and Africa send their employees home to work, the need to guard against cyberattacks is greater than ever. These simple measures can help keep your workforce secure.
Though many people prefer the traditional way of working, there are times when it is necessary to work remotely. The spread of Covid-19 has changed the way people in South Africa – and globally – live and work.
Bryandale Primary School in Bryanston, Johannesburg had to physically close its doors – like all other South African schools – on Wednesday 18 March. But just because the school is not open does not mean learning has stopped.
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) will implement remote working solutions by leveraging secure platforms such as Microsoft 365. The move will enable KOTC to run mission critical operations while ensuring the health and safety of its workforce.
When the COVID-19 virus reached pandemic levels, shuttering schools the world over, it left educators facing a massive challenge: How to keep students learning and engaged without the face-to-face closeness and comfortable daily routine of a classroom.
Our world has changed dramatically over the last couple of months and in an effort to keep the wheels turning, companies across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are switching to remote work. Microsoft is no different.