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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 in Nigeria
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By Bamidele Adeleye
November 6, 2012 19:52:00pm GMT      |      Views: 901 | Watch Video
L-R: Kelvin Connolly, Windows Business Group Manager, Microsoft; Emmanuel Onyeje, Country Manager, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa; Kunle Awosika, Director Enterprise Business, Microsoft Nigeria and Olayinka Oni, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Nigeria, at the unveiling of Window 8 in Lagos on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Lagos (WorldStage Newsonline)-- As a follow up to the global launch of Windows 8 on October 26, this year, Microsoft Nigeria on Tuesday unveiled the product to its customers and partners in Nigeria at a high profile Open Door event held at Harbour Point Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Apart from Windows 8 which was the main product exhibited at the event targeted at IT professionals, developer and partners, there was also an introduction of Windows RT.

Speaking at the event, the Country Manager Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, Emmanuel Onyeje described the launch as a beginning of a new era.

He said when PC was first invented about 20 years, there were very few users and that it had since then increased to over 1.2 billion global.

He said local consumers and businesses can now enjoy all that Windows 8 has to offer: “A beautiful new UI, a wide range of apps with the grand opening of the Windows Store, available on more than 1000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets”.

According to him, “with the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a re-imagined Windows to the world. Whether you want a tablet or a PC, whether you want to consume or create, whether you want to work or play – Windows 8 delivers a personalized experience that fits your unique style and needs.

“In addition to the range of new devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of $39.99 (U.S.). And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 in more than 140 countries can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of $14.99 (U.S.) with the Windows

Speaking further, he said “Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. And for our business customers, Windows 8 Enterprise offers new possibilities in mobile productivity with features like Windows To Go, DirectAccess, and BranchCache, as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features including BitLocker and AppLocker.”

Also speaking at the event was the Windows Business Group Manager, Kevin Connolly, who said for the first time "You are going to have a device you can love and trust" 

For General Manager, Ha-Shem Network Service Limited, Olaide Akisanya said, “Windows 8 is an excellent product, it empowers our customers work force by enhancing their business productivity, makes them work smarter and better. They can view the world at their palm once they have installed on their devices. It gives customers an eagle eye view of the world.”

Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and content they care most about, the entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive

Microsoft’s Open Door events serve to address the demand for more spaces in which African technology professionals are able to experience the latest-generation technologies first-hand, exchange ideas, build skills, and network with their local IT community and Microsoft technology experts.

Some of the Open Door sessions were dedicated to Office 15, SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012, with the aim of helping companies leverage their existing IT investments and skills. Attendees were able to experience these technologies first-hand, share ideas and advance their skills as well as network with their local IT community and senior Microsoft technology experts.

Microsoft's network of partners across Nigeria include local developers who build software products for local businesses to deploy solutions based on Microsoft technology, further helping to drive local innovation, growth and competitiveness through continued investment in the local IT economy. By equipping local businesses with the tools to develop local technology solutions, Microsoft is helping to give this vital growth engine vitality and long-term sustainability through valuable skills and new jobs.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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