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Steve Ballmer opens Microsoft Saudi event

Microsoft CEO inaugurates OpenDoor event in Riyadh, program includes insight into Microsoft technologies

Steve Ballmer opens Microsoft Saudi event
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO presented the keynote speech at the Microsoft OpenDoor conference in Saudi Arabia.

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer presented a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of Microsoft OpenDoor in Riyadh today.

The main theme of the conference is "Transitioning to the Cloud & Technology Roadmap", and will cover various Microsoft technologies in Cloud computing, core infrastructure, database and desktop client, in addition to application platform and tools.

"Microsoft OpenDoor presents a great opportunity to share our unique vision for Cloud Computing and the enormous potential it represents. The event is to focus on cloud computing which is fundamentally changing how individuals and organisations will use technology in the future," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.

On 2nd November Ballmer began his brief visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to meet with the country's top officials to discuss how technology can be used to enhance and improve the development of the country.

"As a global technology leader, we are committed to the Middle East region. Having been here for 20 years, we believe we can play an important role to drive regional growth and development by helping governments, societies and individuals realise their full potential," said Ballmer.

According to Samir Noman, Microsoft Arabia president, Microsoft OpenDoor is a renewal of his company's commitment to aiding the government and industry of Saudi Arabia.

"Over the years, we have been in a privileged position to witness the enormous commitment and resources expended by the Saudi Arabian government in building their knowledge infrastructure and a dynamic Software Economy locally. There is an innate understanding about the correlation between technology and the acceleration of productivity and GDP growth, and the need to transform the Kingdom's technology infrastructure to bolster the largest economy in the Middle East,  create more  businesses and jobs for the future," said Noman.

The conference takes place in Riyadh today, and will move to Jeddah on 7th November. The event is designed to attract around 3,000 technology development managers, IT technical professionals and developers in Saudi Arabia.

One of the event highlights is likely to be the Microsoft partner expo, where Microsoft partners will show their latest business solutions in the Saudi market.

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