U.S. technology giant, Microsoft launches Lagos Development Centre

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Microsoft Corporation, an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Washington, has officially launched its Lagos Development Centre, which is now ready to swing into full operations.

Ten Nigerian software engineers have already been selected.

The American technology giant had announced earlier that it established two development centres situated in Nigeria and Kenya. The total cost of the investments was put at $100 million.

Microsoft also announced it plans to hire highly-qualified software engineers to develop the technologies suitable for Nigeria. Currently, ten new Nigerian recruits were presented to flag off Microsoft operations.

According to a video clip posted on the organisation’s twitter handle,  Microsoft‘s Head of Mixed Reality and AI, Alex Kipman, stated that the focus in Nigeria is mixed reality services. In other words, the engineers at the Lagos outfit will focus on solutions that make mixed reality devices from phones to tablets. This will, therefore, make Lagos the scale of such service worldwide.

Present during the Microsoft Lagos ADC launching was Lagos State Governor-Elect, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, who expressed his readiness to create enabling environment for the centre. He said international partnerships will be a priority for his administration.

The Development Centre will serve as a premier centre of engineering for Microsoft, building world-class talent capable of creating innovative solutions for local and global impact. It is expected to establish a collaborative engineering springboard for new technology investments.

Speaking on the plans for the Africa Development Centres, Microsoft‘s Vice President for Gaming, Phil Spencer said “the centre 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 the African partners, Academia, Governments and Developers, driving impact and innovation in sectors important to Africa”.


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