Microsoft opens software testing centre in Kenya


Deputy President William Ruto when he officially opened Microsoft testing centre in Kenya. PHOTO/COURTESY


Microsoft has launched its first software testing centre in Africa through a partnership with IT firm Techno Brain in Kenya.

The multinational is outsourcing its testing and quality assurance to Techno Brain Kenya for its flagship Windows operating system.

The centre will provide 1,000 jobs to Kenyan youth while growing the tech skills in the country. Techno Brain Group CEO Manoj Shanker, said the partnership with Microsoft has been in the works for the past two years.

“This has been as a result of two years of work between us and the Microsoft team,” Mr Shanker said.

The centre will provide 1,000 jobs to Kenyan youth while growing the tech skills in the country.

Mr Bamboo Sofola Partner Director software engineering at Microsoft Corporation said their partnership between Techno Brain Kenya would upscale information technology skills in Kenya.

“Kenya is set to be the ultimate technology hub in Africa. Microsoft supports Kenya in that vision with global training and standards to up skill to global standards,” Mr Sofola said.

Techno Brain engineers based in Kenya will be tasked with testing internal builds of Windows OS and Microsoft Office, among other tools, before they are deemed stable for public release.

The complex testing process will make sure that bugs are weeded out and reported appropriately, in addition to making key recommendations based on suggested features, UI/UX revamps and design of concrete feedback for the MS engineering team.

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