On Tuesday (14 May), nearly three decades since they opened their first office in Africa, Microsoft introduced Kenya as one of the initial two sites for its Africa Development Centre (ADC) during a press conference in Nairobi.
The two initial team sites, located in Nairobi and Lagos, Nigeria become the seventh and eight Microsoft development centres sites globally. Microsoft’s other development centres sites are located in China, India, Israel, Vancouver, Boston and Silicon Valley in San Francisco.
The ADC will have two teams, with the Microsoft Windows Team and the Microsoft Cognition team based in Nairobi and Lagos respectively.
According to Microsoft, the “ADC will serve as a premier centre of engineering for Microsoft. Where world class African talent can create solutions for local and global impact“.
Microsoft is marking a new milestone with this investment in Africa. A $100 million combined expected investment of infrastructure and employment of local qualified engineers. Microsoft will recruit world class African Software Engineers to the sites.
Microsoft’s Executive Vice President Gaming, Phil Spencer will be the executive sponsor of the Africa Development Center. Speaking at the launch event he said “We are listening more than we are speaking. We want your input and feedback in what we need to do in order to help the market here succeed.
“We are committed for the long term, to be in partnership with you in helping us grow. Incredible market with amazing talent the universities are putting out.
“The ADC will be unlike any other existing investment on the continent. It will help us better listen to our customers, develop locally and scale for global impact. Beyond that, it’s an opportunity to engage further with partners, academia, governments and developers – driving impact in sectors important to the continent, such as FinTech, AgriTech and OffGrid energy.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella added: “Our new Microsoft Africa Development Center will be at the forefront of building innovative solutions that benefit Africa − and the entire world.”