Microsoft Corporation has launched Africa’s first software testing centre in Nairobi, putting the country in a global picture as home to technological innovation. Kenya now becomes the fourth country in the world after China, Poland and India to host such a centre that will employ more than 1,000 youths.
Speaking yesterday during the launch at Hurlingham in Nairobi, Deputy President William Ruto lauded the development, saying that technology is a crucial ingredient for the attainment of the “Big Four” development agenda. He noted that the friendly policies put in place by the government had created a fertile environment for multinational companies to set up their operations in Kenya.
“This is a win to our economy, a big vote of confidence for Kenya, in our tech community and its abilities. This development will define our prosperity,” Ruto said.
The deputy president said the government was committed to making the country a chief exporter and producer rather than a mere consumer of technological innovation.
“The Government wants a vibrant technology sector in this country, a silicon Savannah and we believe if we can build a proper community of engineers, developers, coders and designers, we can deliver the innovations that will define the prosperity of this country in the future,”he said.
According to the Techno Brain Group chief executive officer Manoj Shanker, Microsoft Corporation is outsourcing the testing and quality assurance to the Techno Brain Kenya for their flagship Windows Operating System for the applications compatibility.
“The Windows Development Group engineering team from America will be working collaboratively 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,” he said.
As part of the partnership, Techno Brain Kenya test engineers will access the latest Windows Operating System. Crucially, the Nairobi test centre will get exclusive access to Windows Insider software builds that are yet to be released in the market.
“Such exclusivity will enable our engineers perform tests of applications thus ensuring that applications work flawlessly with each Windows Release, flight or update that is released globally.” Present at the function were ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and Microsoft director Bamboo Sofola, among others.