Microsoft moves closer to regional developers

Microsoft Middle East is to create a regional Developers Support Centre, which should help lower costs for software developers.

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By  David Ingham Published  October 20, 2003

Microsoft Middle East is to invest a significant amount in the creation of a regional Developers Support Centre. Ali Faramawy, Microsoft's regional sales, marketing & services director, says that the objective of creating the centre is to provide all the support that developers in Africa, Middle East and Turkey will need at an affordable price.

Faramawy acknowledges that Microsoft's global developer support programme, to which regional developers currently have to subscribe, is perceived as expensive. However, he believes that "people will be pleasantly subscribed at the price" of subscription to the new regional service.

The centre will be based in Cairo and will be manned by 15-20 people, including a team of software engineers. Faramawy says that there are many thousands of developers, spread across industry, academia and government, in the geographical area that the centre will cover. They will have access to the same tools and support services to which they are accustomed, albeit at a lower price.

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