Microsoft has shared plans to build development centers worth more than 100 million over the next half-year. Development Centers in Africa need to work with local partners and the Microsoft government. Microsoft also hopes to hire engineers from these centers.
Initial development site sites will be in Kenya and Nigeria, and Microsoft plans to hire 100 full-time developers in both sites by the end of this year and expand to 500 by the end of 2023.
Engineers Microsoft wants to hire in the centers will work in areas such as Cloud Services, AI, and Mixed Reality applications.
The government's work plan seems to be something that will help Microsoft develop its footprint in Africa, and supplying the many government departments will definitely give them significant revenue in the long run.
Microsoft is not the only company to drive cloud services on African markets. Amazon and Huawei are also making some progress in the penetration of the African continent and it will be interesting to see which company will win the wars in Africa.