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Microsoft Opens Africa’s First Software Testing Centre

Microsoft Corporation has opened Africa’s first Software Testing Centre in Nairobi, putting Kenya in the global picture as home to technological innovation.

Kenya becomes the fourth country in the world after China, Poland and India to host such a centre, which will employ more than 1,000 youth.

Techno Brain Group chief executive officer Manoj Shanker said Microsoft is outsourcing the testing and quality assurance to Techno Brain Kenya for their flagship Windows Operating System for the application’s compatibility.

“The Windows Development Group engineering team from America will be working with their counterparts from Techno Brain Kenya to set up the highly specialised and secured test environment in Nairobi as an extension to Microsoft Redmond Windows development engineering centre,” Shanker said.

Techno Brain engineers will access the latest Windows Operating System. The Nairobi test centre will get exclusive access to Windows Insider software builds that are yet to be released in the market.

In 2013, America’s IBM opened its first research lab in Africa in Nairobi. The facility, which is situated at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, is IBM’s twelfth research lab in the world and its first commercial lab.

The lab is a centre of creating IT solutions and taking them to market based on research and data on different sectors generated from around Africa.

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