by Isi Esene
Microsoft Nigeria on Tuesday unveiled Windows 8 to its customers and partners at its Open Door event held at Harbour Point Event Centre, Victoria Island. This followed the global launch, which took place on Friday, October 26. This gives consumers and businesses an opportunity to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer: a beautiful new User Interface, a wide range of apps with the grand opening of the Windows Store, available on more than 1000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets.
Windows 8 was the main product exhibited at the Open Door event, which was targeted at IT professionals, developers and partners. 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.
Windows 8 is available for download in over 140 markets and 37 languages at [http://windows.microsoft.com/en-za/windows/downloads], and at retail locations around the world including Nigeria.
Speaking at the press conference to announce the launch, Country Manager, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, Emmanuel Onyeje said, “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.”
He added, “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.”
Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT, which will be available pre-installed on new devices. 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.
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.
Speaking about their participation at this year’s event, Olaide Akisanya, General Manager, Ha-Shem Network Service Limited 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.”
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.
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