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Microsoft partners with Kenya firms

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – Computer Technology Corporation Microsoft is set to partner with local firms to re-evaluate their business operations and identify areas for improvement.

Microsoft’s General Manager for East and Southern Africa, Louis Otieno said on Tuesday that the ongoing economic recession had given firms the opportunity to develop a more efficient understanding of their own operations in order to remain competitive.

“The challenge facing most organisations today is how to take costs out of their operations, increase productivity, and expand their capacity for innovation all at the same time,” said Mr Otieno.

He said Microsoft will launch a campaign, where it will introduce new products that will enable these enterprises to simultaneously save costs, improve productivity and speed innovation during these tough economic times.

“What Microsoft will introduce is a set of solutions that can enable organisations to operate more efficiently, more effectively, and more strategically as they respond to the new normal by moving toward the new efficiency,” said Mr Otieno.

The software company is expected to unveil Windows 7, the newest version of its flagship Personal Computer operating system which streamlines management of PC environments, making it easier to reduce costs, improve performance, and enable end users to work anywhere.

It is also designed to simplify tasks, enhance corporate data protection and security, and increase control to improve compliance and reduce risk.

 The firm will also release a new version of its server operating system, Windows Server 2008 R2, which is designed to increase the reliability and flexibility of server infrastructures.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 which provides email and inbox experience that extends from the PC to the phone to the browser and it helps companies archive and protect information efficiently will also be launched.

The GM said the technology can drive a wave of innovative products and services that will jumpstart economic growth as companies deliver breakthroughs that solve old problems and serve as the catalyst for new businesses and even new industries.

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