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SA Newsmakers of the Year – part one

Another tumultuous year is almost at an end for the SA information and communications technology industry. It was a year of falling telecommunications prices, increasing competition, upheaval in politics and drama in the regulatory environment. Our “Newsmakers of the Year”

Duncan McLeod
Return of the king?

Next year will be a decisive one for Microsoft as it readies new products to fend off challengers in the consumer technology market. Its upcoming touch and tablet-friendly operating system, Windows 8, will be an important part of its plan to win back the hearts and minds of

Craig Wilson
How video games shot their way to the top

Gaming is the biggest entertainment industry in the world, bigger than even Hollywood. It’s the biggest in SA, too. It seems if you want to make money in entertainment, you’d be better off learning to code than trying your luck on Idols. Though sales of CDs, cinema tickets and DVDs have declined

International newsmakers of the year

It’s customary at this time of the year for TechCentral to publish its lists of who it considers the newsmakers of the year, both internationally and in SA. We kick off, as always, with the five people we thought were the biggest newsmakers in the technology space in 2011 worldwide

Yahoo lands in SA – but why?

Global media site and search engine Yahoo launched an SA-specific portal on Tuesday. The site aggregates SA news from the likes of the Daily Maverick, AFP, Association Press and Reuters, and will offer users mailboxes on a domain. The question is why it’s

TechCentral’s best-read stories of 2011

It’s almost the end of another busy year in SA’s technology industry. We know what our favourite stories were in 2011, but which articles did you, TechCentral’s readers, pore over the most? These are the pieces, in ascending order from 10 to one, that generated the most reads during the year

Microsoft bringing Office to the iPad – report

Microsoft is developing a version of its popular Office productivity suite for the iPad, according to The Daily, News Corp’s tablet-only newspaper. The newspaper quotes unnamed sources as saying that the software company is “actively working on adapating its popular software suite

Microsoft’s Office 365 arrives in SA

Microsoft has launched its cloud-computing productivity suite, Office 365, in SA. The suite includes various collaboration options and will be available to SA users as a free trial until its commercial launch sometime next year. Office 365 is a direct competitor to rival Google’s Docs platform

Blue Label, Microsoft divorce goes ahead

Blue Label Telecoms shareholders on Tuesday approved a plan by the JSE-listed company to buy the 12% of the company’s shares held by US software maker Microsoft in a deal worth R390m. Microsoft is selling the shares at a loss. It bought 91,9m shares in 2007 for R6,75/share and is selling

Microsoft extends equity equivalence programme

Microsoft SA has added two more small, black-owned software development firms to its “equity equivalence” support programme, bringing the total to six. The software maker says the two new companies, both based in Johannesburg, will join its R475m equivalence programme

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