Microsoft more edgy and competitive

The software giant’s SA boss says consumers don’t even realise they use Microsoft products daily.

Microsoft Corporation’s new headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris. AFP

CAPE TOWN - Software giant Microsoft's South African Chief Operating Officer Zoaib Hoosen says he believes the company's products are becoming edgier and more competitive.

Hoosen spoke to Eyewitness News about the changing face of technology on the continent.

He says some consumers don't even know that they use Microsoft products every day.

"We are a bit of a challenger in that space, without a doubt. If you look at the innovations we're currently coming through with around Windows H, the cloud offerings that are being made available and we have some very significant consumer offerings that range from Skype to the Xbox."

Hoosen says skills development is crucial to growing the IT Sector.

"It will depend on our ability that business, government, academia actually come together and drive the required initiatives within education and skills in this country because without that I think we'll find ourselves in a bit of a surprised position."