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  • Software giant Microsoft has moved part of its Middle East and Africa operations to Bahrain to be closer to clients in the region.

    Twenty personnel from the operation's other location in Istanbul, Turkey, have moved to Bahrain, said Microsoft country manager Sherif Bayhoumi.

    Microsoft Bahrain remains a part of Dubai-based Microsoft Gulf while the more senior Middle East and Africa office is situated within the same premises in the Almoayyed Tower.

    "It brings us closer to Gulf countries such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia and also to some countries in North Africa," he said.

    "A decision was also made for other countries, such as South Africa, to now be serviced from staff based there."

    Mr Bayhoumi said that there were several other candidates within the Middle East and North Africa region for the operations to move to and that Bahrain was chosen for many reasons, including its cost-effectiveness economically.

    The newly Bahrain-based personnel are from the enterprise and partners, dynamics, sales and marketing, telecommunications, oil and gas, small and medium-sized enterprises and technology groups.

    Mr Bayhoumi was speaking at an interview with the GDN about the newly-launched Windows Vista.

    He demonstrated some of the new operating system's features, which have been improved over previous versions.

    "In addition to the screen display becoming brighter, the new operating system includes many new additions including higher security, easier search features for documents and programmes and 3D navigation," continued Mr Bayhoumi.

    "There is also a new toolbar with information that is instantly updated through the Internet, including weather conditions, stock and currency markets and news."

    Mr Bayhoumi also spoke about Microsoft's 'citizenship projects', which have included several 'train the trainer' initiatives that teach various segments of society to use the developer's software.

    "Working with the Education Ministry, we have trained 8,000 school teachers, either directly or indirectly," he said.

    "The teachers we trained are responsible for passing their knowledge on to others.

    "The teachers are taught how to use technology to improve the delivery of their curricula."

    The company has also trained 7,000 unemployed Bahrainis in association with the Labour Ministry, with 3,000 more to be included in the programme by the end of June.

    Microsoft has also signed agreements with the Social Development Ministry and the Labour Fund to train NGO's and small and medium-sized enterprises respectively.

    The programmes are expected to be carried out shortly.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 7:58 AM