Microsoft said it is out to raise the hope of unemployed youths across Africa, especially in Nigeria through the use of its flagship platform cloudprenuer.
Director, Small, Midmarket Solutions and Partners for Microsoft Nigeria Limited, Wemimo Adeniyi, made this known at a press conference in Lagos recently, adding that was high time to empower the youths and accelerate development, thereby ending unemployment through the use of technology.
According to him, the programme aligns with the organisation’s objectives of harnessing talents and investing in youths who are passionate about technology which will in turn enable the young Nigerians to contribute significantly to the economy of the nation and the continent.
“The initiative would make a lot of meaning, drive capacity building, elevate standard of living and help entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in the area of technology,” he said.
The project which is being carried out in partnership with Fate Foundation and Maramentor, is expected to help grow new businesses and existing businesses in three years.
In a related development, Microsoft announced that it would no longer provide support for one of its products- Windows 2003, which was launched in April 2013, beginning from July 14, this year.
The chief technology officer, Olayinka Oni while speaking about the life-end for Windows 2003, for the organisation, said that the package is no longer a safe heaven for users, adding that it was normal for the organisation to announce the life-end, since it would no longer provide security, updates, contents and other features for the package.
“Things are changing rapidly and we want our users to move to any of our new packages which would guarantee their security, allow them to compete globally, reduce cost and comply with global standard” Oni said.
On his part, the firm’s Business Group Director, Cloud Enterprise, Oluyomi Alarape, said that there wouldn’t be a shift on the decision of the organisation over the product life-end, stressing that “users still have till July 14th to migrate and we are doing our best to ensure awareness.”