Microsoft Launches Office 2007 for Africa

Computing

Microsoft Corporation has launched Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student for Africa, which is expected to significantly reduce the rate of software piracy in the continent.

According to Microsoft East and Southern Africa General Manager, Louis Otieno, the software has features that improve security and protects computers from viruses and other malicious software as well as an improved automatic document recovery tool in cases of system failure.

"With the advent of online banking and other forms of payment through e-commerce, it pays to operate on a secure platform with built in malware, firewall and online updates direct to your computer especially when banking from home or ordering goods and services online like courses and holidays," said Otieno.

The International Data Corporation indicates that Kenya's IT sector will generate more than 4,000 new jobs by 2011 and will account for the creation of more than 100 new IT companies. According to the study, over the next four years, Kenya's IT industry will drive Sh2.7 billion in new tax revenues and contribute new revenues of Sh37.7 billion to GDP. The research indicates that software spending represents 14 per cent of the total Kenya IT market, while 32 per cent of IT employees are engaged in creating, distributing, installing, or servicing software.

Nation Reporter