Middle East Oman Held in collaboration with Information Technology Authority (ITA)
Held in collaboration with Information Technology Authority (ITA)
Microsoft’s ‘Open Door Oman’ showcases latest Productivity Innovation with Office 365, Windows 8 and breadth of Cloud solutions
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Muscat, Oman

• Annual technology platform provides Oman’s business and IT professionals insights into technology innovation
• Office 365, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and other Cloud productivity solutions highlighted during the Keynote and Sessions
• Open Door supported by strategic partners across the Gulf, including HP and Nokia as well as Exceed IT Services and Training, Lenovo and Toshiba

Microsoft brought the next generation of Cloud and Productivity technology products and services to Oman as part of its annual Open Door event held in collaboration with the Information Technology Authority (ITA). Windows 8, Office 2013, Windows Server 2012 are highlights from the technology portfolio that event attendees experienced during the Open Door event held at The Pearl Conference Room in Al Bustan Palace on Sunday 24 February 2013 from 9am to 6pm.

Microsoft Open Door is a one-day event that brings together speakers from Microsoft and partners to provide the IT professional and business community with insights into the latest technology innovations. Attendees engaged with Microsoft experts and interacted with other peers from the IT community, while learning about Microsoft’s breadth of solutions, technologies and vision for 2013.

Open Door Oman is one of five Microsoft experiential technology showcases taking place in the Gulf region in 2013, reaching people across five countries including Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Regional sponsors for Gulf Open Door are Nokia and HP. Additional partners include Exceed IT Services and Training, Lenovo and Toshiba.

“Microsoft Open Door presents a unique opportunity for IT professionals and enthusiasts in Oman to experience tomorrow’s technologies today,” said Tareq Hijazi, Regional Country Manager for Microsoft Oman and Bahrain. “As a company, we place innovation at the heart of everything we do and our belief that technology enables change goes hand in hand with Oman’s vision of the development of a competitive and diversified economy, and we are confident that innovation and technology will contribute to the future development of Oman. We are committed, through working with our partners, to providing IT professionals and businesses in Oman the latest technology to enhance productivity, enable innovation and reduce security risks,” he continued.

“We believe that Microsoft’s newly launched products are a leap into the future of computing,” said Fahad Sultan Al-Abri, Director General, Digital Development Division at ITA. “We have long enjoyed a productive relationship with Microsoft and we are pleased to deepen our collaboration with Microsoft in bringing the latest technologies closer to the business & IT sectors in Oman.”

During the event, Microsoft provided access to pioneering next-generation IT solutions and discussed ways and means to help businesses improve their productivity and Return on Investment (ROI) using technology. In addition, a special focus was given to cloud computing, with Microsoft showcasing its latest innovations and the cloud capabilities that Microsoft Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 bring to businesses and consumers.

Karam Jabi, Managing Director, HP Oman said “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Microsoft Gulf for the Open Door Roadshow, which aligns with HP’s vision of creating new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. As the world’s largest technology company, we are looking forward to engaging with IT and Business professionals through Open Door to introduce them to the latest innovation.”

“Innovations within the realm of technology have played a vital role in the growth and productivity of the region. We see partnering with Microsoft Gulf for the Open Door as an opportunity to be involved in the new ways by which leaders from the IT and corporate world connect with each other to share the latest trends in productivity through real-time conversations,” said Vithesh Reddy, General Manager Nokia Lower 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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