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

MTN leaves the Middle East to refocus on Africa

 Present in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Iran, MTN is preparing its gradual exit from the Middle East markets to refocus its activities on the African continent. Talks are already advanced, particularly for the sale of its Syrian subsidiary.

In some time, MTN's activities in the Middle East will be a thing of the past. The South African telecoms giant is in advanced talks with Saudi TeleInvest for the divestiture of its MTN Syria subsidiary, according to CEO Robert Shuter’s revelations at an online press conference this Thursday morning.

The Middle East, a weak contributor to the group's results

While in the first half of 2020 the group recorded a turnover up 9.4% to 80 billion rand (more than 4.5 billion dollars), the activities in the Middle East did not contribute. than less than 4%. The sale of the Syrian subsidiary will in reality be a big step forward towards the exit of MTN from the Middle Eastern markets. Also present in Afghanistan, Yemen and Iran, the group plans to gradually sell all of its assets there in the medium term.

The objective for the yellow firm is above all to refocus on Africa where MTN is now active in 14 markets. “As part of our portfolio review, we believe the group is better positioned to focus on its pan-African strategy and to simplify its portfolio by exiting the Middle East region in an orderly fashion,” said Shuter.

Several hot and strategic issues

In recent months, MTN has made several adjustments to its investment agenda, like most companies around the world, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the contribution to support funds in its countries of presence, the group has internally launched a support fund for personnel in difficulty of 40 million rand (more than 2.1 million dollars), funded in particular by 30% of salaries of its management teams over three months.

On the other hand, one of the investments that will certainly mark the year 2020 is that related to Chenosis, its new programming interface (API) promotion platform. Officially open to the public on August 10, this pan-African marketplace will offer developers and businesses products and services including telecommunications, e-payment, e-health, e-governance, IOTs, fintech, e-commerce, security ...

So the group is refining its post-Covid strategy, several other hot files are being processed. According to Boomberg, MTN is considering selling its shares in Jumia valued at $ 243 million, again with the aim of refocusing the group’s activities. Alongside this, the group is closely following its plans to enter the Ethiopian market where it plans to bid for a license.

Who will be the next CEO?

With these important files, the coming months will also be decisive for the future of the group which is already prospecting to find its future CEO, after the recent announcement of the departure of South African Robert Shuter in March 2021, at the end of his contract of four years.