30 November 2012

Namibia: Microsoft Launches Windows Eight in Namibia

MICROSOFT’S latest version of its operating system, Windows 8, is now available in Namibia.

The latest product offers more than an upgrade on the speed and efficiency of Windows 7 – to give consumers and businesses – a new and amazing user experience. The new operating system will help local app developers commercialise their products using the Windows Store, which is available on more than 1 000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets.

“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a re-imagined Windows to the world,” said Eric Odipo, general manager for Microsoft in East and Southern Africa.

Windows 8, Odipo added, allows the consumer to create, work or play with a personalised experience that fits their unique style and needs. Local innovators are already adopting the new operating system and have started creating apps for this platform.

The new operating system is poised for good uptake locally with Namibian companies already building apps to support their customers using Windows 8 devices. One such company is Simpology, a Namibian technology company.

“Windows 8 is exciting for developers because it offers a friendly environment to develop applications as well as upload and distribute them for downloading from the Windows Store from anywhere in the world.

“Simpology already has a set of working Windows 8 apps namely Bank Windhoek Banking Application (Demo Financial Application), Namibian Internet Radio Launchpad (Internet Radio Application) and Namibian Home Remote Control (Home Automation),” said Kabende Kabende, marketing rirector of the Simpology Group.

Windows 8 is currently available in three versions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise which offers business customers new possibilities in mobile productivity and features like ‘Windows To Go’, DirectAccess, and BranchCache, as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features including BitLocker and AppLocker.

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