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July 2020 signalled a milestone for Microsoft in Africa and most importantly local software engineers working with the company.
Microsoft celebrated one year of hiring African software engineers to work in its Africa based global development center.
1 week in Lagos. A whole crop of engineers hired to work on shiny new products. Amazing interview dream team.

It’s becoming abundantly clear that so many of the most innovative ideas from @Microsoft are going to come from the #MicrosoftADC. Let’s get it! ?? ?
Some of these software engineers took to social media to share the one-year anniversary package they received from Microsoft. Check out some of the posts below. Thereafter we will look at how far the company has come on its journey with the continent.
Thank you @tonerdo for being our first hire.
The @Microsoft Mixed Reality Africa team is one year ? ?

It’s an honor to have spent the last year building amazing tech with really intelligent people.

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to make the large scale impact I’ve always dreamed of making ❤️❤️❤️

It’s amazing how one year flew past pretty quickly. I’m more than honoured to be on the @Microsoft Mixed Reality Africa team. I’m grateful to be working with super smart folks. We do more. Happy Anniversary Team?@MicrosoftLife
Celebrating one year as a Microsoft employee and of Microsoft Mixed Reality in Africa ?
It's my team's first anniversary ?.
Microsoft Mixed Reality Africa ? ?

Huge shout out to my team members. You are all amazing@MicrosoftLife

Africa is a unique opportunity … we are opening these development centers … where you see people who are very qualified for the kind of work we do

Microsoft has been operating in Africa for the past thirty years. Having local offices in Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Egypt. With South Africa hosting the oldest Microsoft offices in Africa.
However, this has mainly been on the sales side of the business. Providing consumers and organizations, mostly governmental ones with various services. The closest you could come to Microsoft workers in Africa were either through partner organizations or Microsoft employees acting as technical account managers who implement, onboard and deploy Microsoft services for customers and clients.
Last year the company announced it was opening its first Africa Global Development center. A decade after it announced plans to create a network of 90 software development centers around the world. The 100 million-dollar Microsoft Africa Development Center has sites in Lagos and Nairobi.
The launch event came off on the backdrop of a lot of backlash to self-professed Africa’s biggest online e-commerce site Jumia. The CEO had claimed a lack of local software engineering talent. Microsoft shared it believed in the growing local talent and that it was time to tap into that pool.
Our new Microsoft Africa Development Center will be at the forefront of building innovative solutions that benefit Africa − and the entire world.
Phil Spencer, Microsoft corporate vice president and executive sponsor of the Africa Development Center, and Michael Fortin, corporate vice president at Microsoft and the lead in establishing the first ADC engineering team in Nairobi, led the pomp and pageant opening ceremonies in Nairobi, Kenya and were joined by Microsoft Technical Fellow, Alex Kipman, for the Lagos launch event.

The Nairobi Microsoft Africa Development Center site software engineers contribute to building Windows and Office 365 products and services. Whilst the Lagos site software engineers contribute to building Microsoft Azure services that power new Augmented Reality experiences.

At the launch events, Microsoft executives shared the company was going to hire about five hundred software engineers by 2023, across both center sites. With plans to hire 100 software engineers by the end of 2019.
We reached out to Microsoft for the latest updates on the Microsoft Africa development centers and haven’t gotten any feedback as at publishing this. We will bring you updates when Microsoft responds.

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