Project Latte: How Microsoft wants to integrate Android apps into Windows 10

Windows 10 may soon be able to run mobile apps designed for Android. Update on the technical details that allow this porting.  Microsoft is working on a software solution that would allow app developers to run their Android apps on Windows 10 with little or no code changes. How? 'Or' What ? By packaging them as an MSIX app package format and allowing developers to submit them to the Microsoft Store. The project is codenamed " Latte ," according to Windows Central, which says it will go into production next year. Microsoft had already tried to put Android applications under Windows 10 with the Astoria project, which has since aborted. The Latte project is probably powered by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). But Microsoft will need to provide its own Android subsystem for Google's OS apps to actually work. Microsoft has announced that the WSL will soon be compatible with GPU acceleration, which should improve the performance of applications runnin

African businesses turn to new technology in response to COVID-19 pandemic

 Addis Ababa, August 24, 2020 (ECA) - The Economic Commission for Africa, together with International Economics Consulting Ltd, has released the report of the second global investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects in Africa. The online survey was conducted from June 16 to July 20 to provide insight into the effects of the pandemic on the economic activity of businesses across Africa, identifying the challenges they face as well as their actions to address them. remedy.

African businesses turn to new technology in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The results of the survey show that the three main challenges companies face are: a) reduced opportunities to meet new customers; b) a drop in demand, and c) a lack of cash. Businesses have experienced serious disruption in both supply and market due to COVID-19, with high or unfair prices seen as a major concern. Business reactions to government aid are mixed with almost two-thirds of respondents indicating moderate to no satisfaction. As a result, 50% of respondents approached financial institutions, 25% of which obtained positive responses; of these, 42% were not satisfied with the service due to high interest rates, delays and / or warranty requirements.

When it comes to performance, companies are currently running at around 50% of their capacity. Business revenues are expected to fall by around 18% in 2020 (compared to 2019) and layoffs to increase by 20% over the next three months. However, the situation could have been worse if a significant portion of employees (27%) had not been able to work remotely. It should be noted that remote working options have proven to be more difficult for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), especially those in merchandise trade, whose performance has been relatively more negatively affected than large companies and more generally those involved in services. In addition, women are more likely to be made redundant than men, which is consistent with the fact that, in the companies surveyed, women tend to be more employed in MSMEs where their main activity is related to goods. 

One of the main positive lessons from this survey is the fact that two-thirds of the companies surveyed said they had identified new opportunities to respond to the crisis. Mr. Simon Mevel, Economic Affairs Officer, Regional Integration and Trade Division of ECA said: “It is very interesting to note that companies involved in goods and MSMEs have the highest shares in terms of new opportunities identified as a result of the crisis, which should be positive from a gender perspective, as women are mainly engaged in merchandise trade MSMEs ”.

These opportunities demonstrate a clear shift towards new technologies, including the development of online platforms for e-commerce. While the current share of e-commerce revenue remains relatively low (16%) - mostly due to challenges related to internet connectivity, payment gateways, and logistics / transport / deliveries - almost half (47%) of companies are moving or planning to move towards innovative / digital solutions through collaborations and partnerships.