A robot near the entrance of a Microsoft Store in Boston, US. Associated Press
Microsoft has reinforced its commitment to the regional education sector by bringing the world-renowned education-technology conference BETT to the Middle East and Africa (MEA) for the fourth consecutive year. The theme this year is “Building a Successful Change Culture to Meet the Evolving Needs of 21st-Century Citizens”.
Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA) on Monday partnered with Microsoft, to host an Innovation Summit at Jumeirah Etihad Towers, in the UAE capital. The event connected over 500 IT decision-makers with digital transformation experts to help them achieve more and further emphasised on how innovation can happen jointly.
Microsoft took a significant step in its support of digital transformation across the Middle East, as it launched two new cloud regions in the UAE on Wednesday. These new regions – Microsoft’s first in the Middle East – will empower customers and partners to embrace the benefits of the Fourth Industrial
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 1.0 per cent, in the eurozone, Frankfurt won 0.9 per cent and Paris climbed 0.8 per cent.
Spot gold was up 0.8% at $2,033.86 per ounce by 0655 GMT, after hitting a record high of $2,036.49. US gold futures rose 1.4% to $2,049.30.
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Brent crude was up by 31 cents, or 0.7%, at $44.74 a barrel by 0713 GMT. The contract rose 0.6% on Wednesday to its highest close since March 6. West Texas Intermediate oil was up by 26 cents, or 0.6%, at $41.96 a barrel. The contract ended Tuesday trading 1.7% higher, its highest close since late July.