Nigeria’s technol ogy professionals and enthusiasts last week witnessed the latest generation of products and services from Microsoft and its partners, designed to improve the way Africans communicate at work and in their personal lives.
More than 250 people attended the ‘Open Door’ event at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.‘Open Doors’ is one of Microsoft’s experiential technology showcases , reaching 6000 people across six African countries over the next six months.
Each event will provide attendees with exclusive access to Microsoft’s latest consumer and business tools, including the Lync communication platform.
Microsoft currently has 50 employees in three offices in Lagos, Abuja and Accra and 400 partners in Nigeria and Ghana, but has never before gathered so many leaders across the technology industry to share its product and services vision.
Technology Lead, Microsoft Nigeria, Dele Akinsade said the growth of internet access and mobile penetration across the region has resulted in a technology tipping point in terms of the opportunities available to business and consumers.
“This event has allowed us to engage more directly with customers, developers and partners, providing a platform to showcase our broad Microsoft_based technology offering,” he added.
Microsoft Anglophone West Africa General Manager Emmanuel Onyeje and Moji Shodunke, General Manager Ha_Shem Network Services Ltd used the occasion to discuss the social impact and business opportunities presented by accessing high_speed Internet and genuine software.
Attendees also used the platform to explore Microsoft’s latest generation of technologies, including: Lync, which is unique in the marketplace and in integrating various modes of communication tools.
The event is an open extensible platform that brings together video and audio conferencing, application and desktop sharing, instant messaging and telephony.
Products and services were also displayed to highlight Microsoft’s continuing focus on providing solutions for government, businesses and individuals across Nigeria:
Some of the solutions include: Connection:, Collaboration, Productivity and Cost_savings.
“Participating with Microsoft in this Open Door event emphasizes our joint commitment to delivering the latest technology solutions to consumers, business and developers alike across Nigeria” said Moji Shodunke of Ha_Shem Network Services Limited.