CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

The African private equity sector is exposed to the upheavals caused by the coronavirus in the region

Private equity entities present or operating in Africa are not spared the upheavals caused by the coronavirus. Many companies that count private equity funds as investors are also exposed to the negative consequences of the containment measures taken by several countries in the region to cope with the pandemic.

In South Africa, the Central Bank is not ruling out the possibility of quantitative easing, which will involve intervening on the capital market, by buying bonds to bring balance to the financial sector, especially banking. At the moment, the arrangements for supporting investments made by firms and private equity funds are unclear.

According to data provided by the crunchbase database, it emerges that the amounts of funding known and mobilized in the first quarter of 2020, were $ 1.24 billion. This is the lowest level for the period since 2016. Some observers note that contributors to investment funds will have to plan to be in their capital for a longer period.

Insofar as the companies benefiting from private equity investments are also likely to experience poor performance, voices are raised asking for support from these companies. This request was particularly made by the South African Private Equity Association. According to relevant data collected by the Ecofin Agency, 172 investment funds focused on Africa are active in the region.

In addition to these investment funds, we can also note the presence of development finance institutions with the capital of nearly 450 companies or investment funds. Private equity is just as important a part of the financing of the economy as the banking sector in Africa. Its evolution in the next post-covid-19 years is to follow.