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Microsoft shares future technologies with Middle East and Africa academics in Qatar
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Doha, Qatar

Computer science professors and researchers from across the Middle East and Africa have gained an insight into future trends in software development at the Microsoft Academic Days event, which was held in Qatar last week. Microsoft Academic Days is a forum hosted by Microsoft, which brings together top faculty and Microsoft experts to discuss the latest developments in Software Engineering, Architectural Design and High Performance Computing.

The event featured key speakers from Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Research as well as lecturers and professors from leading universities across the region. Scientists and experts from Microsoft were on hand to discuss current and future projects and trends in the software industry.

"Collaboration between academia and the IT industry is vital to helping to define the future of computing,” said Mohammed Hammoudi, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar. “Microsoft has a long established outreach program working with universities around the globe on important areas such as the emerging computing environment, transformation of science through computing, and advancing computer science curriculum. Academic Days give us a great opportunity to speak to our counterparts in the academic world, to share with them our ideas about the future of computing, and to work with them on driving the direction of development and research in the region."

Academic Days also includes sessions that cover best practices, teaching materials and practical experiences related to the introduction of Microsoft technologies to Computer Science and Software Engineering curricula.

"The software industry is constantly evolving and changing, with new concepts being developed around the world, and we feel that it is very important that computer science and engineering students are aware of and involved in the development of these technologies. The Middle East needs graduates who have an up-to-date understanding of the latest concepts in computing to enable them to drive local development and create world-class software businesses here in the region," said Charbel Fakhoury, General Manager of Microsoft Gulf.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft opened its Dubai-based Middle East office in 1991. Microsoft today has four subsidiaries in the Middle East region: Microsoft Gulf which oversees Microsoft activities in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman and Yemen, Microsoft Arabia covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Microsoft Egypt and Microsoft North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan that oversees Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine Territories and Pakistan.

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