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    PM Nazif Holds Talks with the Microsoft CTO

    Cairo, 19 April 2010

    Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif held talks today with Mr. Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer (CTO) of Microsoft Corp. who is currently in a visit to Egypt, In the presence of Dr. Tarek Kamel.

    During the meeting, the two parties discussed Microsoft investments in Egypt, the company cooperation with the Egyptian Government and means of boosting investments in the coming period, especially in R&D.

    Microsoft Corp. has given special attention to R&D witnessed in Egypt in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) in addition to other fields of development reflected on the country socio-economic development.

    Premier Nazif also tackled with Mr. Mundie Microsoft contribution in raising the competence of Egyptian calibers and researchers through helping them acquire the skills of the 21st century and state-of-the-art technological tools of R&D.

    Following the meeting, Dr. Kamel stated that Mr. Mundie’s visit, the third to Cairo, aimed at conferring means of bilateral cooperation and discussing the establishment of a new Cloud Computing Center in Egypt, which is likely to turn Egypt into a regional hub in this domain.

    In addition, the two sides discussed cooperation with regards to the Microsoft Innovation Lab in Cairo (CMIC) established in the Smart Village in August 2005. A total of 30 young Egyptian specialists currently work for the center, operating in cooperation with the company centers in Redmond in the US and Aachen in Germany. Collaboration was conducted in the form of joint projects, training and transfer of knowledge in ICT.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Mundie paid his first visit to CMIC, after it has officially joined the company structure. The center is one of the joint initiatives between Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Microsoft Corp. to boost R&D in the Egyptian ICT sector.

    CMIC is the first of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East and the second after the European Microsoft Innovation Center (EMIC) in Aachen, Germany.      

    CMIC has contributed to the Egyptian Government programs and innovation strategy. It has offered several fellowships for young researchers as well as other ones for studying aboard. Such initiatives open new horizons ahead of them to be acquainted with the recent R&D in the field.

    Moreover, the center has taken part in developing other projects like Al-Ahram Foundation portal and the services of the new digital library of Alexandria Bibliotheca. CMIC has also cooperated with Nile University in numerous specialized research fields.

    About Cloud Computing:

    Cloud computing is a novel internet-based computing services provision technique. This technique is based on dealing with the files and the basic part of an operating system of each user via the internet. It is mainly a computer model that sets tasks for a group of communications, software programs and services that are accessible or used through the web.

    Benefits of Cloud Computing
    Cloud Computing enables users to access their files and applications without any applications required on the computer. This in turn minimizes any security risks. Such a method helps users make use of huge servers in conducting complicated operations that may need advanced devices.

    Microsoft Corp. had announced its interest in Cloud Computing technologies and intention to use a new operating system after Windows Vista. Microsoft first started carrying it out concurrent to the Professional Developers Conference (PDC).  Microsoft also declared its plan to release a Cloud version of Microsoft Office applications next year through Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server, Office Live and Windows 7.

    At that time Microsoft Corp. noted that the program will not be installed on computers. It will be used online, including Office applications.

    About the Microsoft Activities in Egypt:  
    • Microsoft Corp. has been carrying out several initiatives cooperatively with MCIT, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Ministry of Health.

    • Microsoft has contributed to training more than 80,000 teachers on The Unlimited Potential program and The Innovative Teachers Network, which help educators merge technology with the educational process.

    • The company has contributed to training a large number of students on the Junior Developer Program. The program provides early training on fundamental programming concepts and creative thinking via Microsoft technologies.

    • Microsoft has effectively taken part in upgrading 100 schools under the auspices of Mrs. Mubarak. The project – implemented in Cairo, Giza, Luxor and other governorates, is supervised by Heliopolis Services Development Society.

    • Microsoft Corp. has been an efficient participant in the process of disseminating the culture of peace through the Cyber Peace Initiative (CPI), since it was first launched in Sharm El-Sheikh in September 2007 by The Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement. Microsoft offered training to parents and students at schools, universities and public libraries in this domain. The company has helped Arabize content related to the culture of the safe use of the internet, training educators on how to safely use the web.

    About Smart Village
    Egypt’s Smart Village is a business park offering world-class high-tech facilities and infrastructure for IT and telecom companies. The three million square meter project showcases Egypt’s high-tech infrastructure, economic incentive packages and commitment to the future. The Smart Village offers 24/7 broadband fiber optic connectivity and an uninterrupted power supply within an ideal environment for conducting business.

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