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Microsoft to demo Windows 8, cloud at GITEX

Eight new UAE-specific Windows Store apps also on display

We’ll be sharing all our latest innovations across the Cloud portfolio and the Windows platform: Abu-Ltaif.
We’ll be sharing all our latest innovations across the Cloud portfolio and the Windows platform: Abu-Ltaif.

Microsoft Gulf today announced it will be demonstrating its latest cloud architecture solutions and the new Windows 8 platform at GITEX Technology Week 2012.

The Microsoft stand will feature a Windows 8 showcase, where the new OS will be on display to a public audience in the UAE for the first time.

Also on the stand will be over 20 Microsoft Partners in the UAE, showing their individual offerings developed on Microsoft platforms such as Lync, Dynamics and Office 365.

Also at Gitex, Microsoft will invite visitors to explore the "Windows 8 Journey to Innovation," a  visitor experience where Microsoft and its hardware partners at GITEX, including Intel, Nokia, HP, Dell and Samsung highlight the Windows 8 platform on various form factors.

Additionally, Microsoft will announce a suite of Windows 8 applications to launch in the Windows Store that were developed in the UAE. These include applications for Dubai International Airport, Sharaf DG, Shop and Ship, Jumeirah Restaurants, Aramex, Gulf News, Dubai Cinemas, DEWA and Time Out Dubai. 

"This is an exciting year for us as we're launching a number of products in the coming few weeks and we're thrilled to preview some of them with GITEX attendees," said Samer Abu-Ltaif, regional general manager Microsoft Gulf.

"We'll be sharing all our latest innovations across the Cloud portfolio and the Windows platform, all of which will positively impact our customers' lives and change the way they work and play as they will enable greater choice, flexibility and seamless integration across various devices and form factors.

"We are committed to continually bringing to the UAE and Gulf the latest technology innovations that will improve people's lives and empower businesses to improve productivity in order to support the vision of the region's leadership of enhanced connectivity."

Microsoft's Leadership Team is expected to attend the event and provide insights on product innovation as well as current and future industry trends, such as the Consumerisation of IT, the spread of mobile workers, big data, virtualisation and the need for business intelligence tools. 

Members of the Leadership Team attending the event in addition to Abu-Ltaif include Ali Faramawy, corporate vice president, Microsoft Middle East & Africa president, Ihab Foudeh, enterprise and partner, group director and Michael Mansour, Developer Platform Evangelism at Microsoft Gulf. 

Microsoft is also participating in the Cloud Confex to share its vision and cloud innovation. Microsoft's Mark Chaban, director of Server & Cloud Platform Marketing, Microsoft Middle East and Africa and Mike Tsalidis, regional business group lead, Server & Tools, Microsoft Middle East & Africa will be giving presentations on the latest innovations in cloud as part of the event, including recent launches like Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft will exhibit from Stand B7-10, Hall 7.