Microsoft Corporation has launched Africa’s first Software Testing Centre in Nairobi, putting Kenya in a global picture as home to technological innovation.
Kenya, therefore, becomes the fourth country in the world after China, Poland and India to host such a Centre that will employ more than 1,000 youth.
Speaking during the launch at Hurlingham, Nairobi, Deputy President William Ruto lauded the development, saying that technology is a crucial ingredient for the attainment of the Big Four agenda.
The Deputy President noted that the friendly policies put in place by the government has created a fertile environment for multinational companies to set up their operations in Kenya.
“This is a win to our economy; this is a big vote of confidence for Kenya, in our tech community and its abilities. This development will define our prosperity,” he said.
Mr Ruto said the government was committed to making Kenya 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.”
According to the Techno Brain Group CEO 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-specialized and secured test environment in Nairobi as an extension to Microsoft Redmond Windows development engineering centre,” said Mr Shanker.
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 in the function were ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Microsoft Director Bamboo Sofola, among others.