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Went to -- for breakfast coming to you from New York City but we're gonna go straight from New York City over to -- and now as we continue our special opportunities.
In the middle least -- -- is in Cairo joining us right now reporting on the growing businesses in many American companies in the region and Bryant.
I think it's fair to say that when many of us think about in the least we tend to think about commodities.
But may have might be a little limited a lot of expansion.
I think -- talk about it and technology there.
That is right -- thank you very much of it really two reasons why Fox Business is here number one.
You got president coming to deliver a major policy speech tomorrow a lot of optimism.
That needed changing political relationship or result in more economic opportunity for American companies.
And number two if -- company decides that Microsoft that you are saturated many of your biggest markets in the United States.
You have to go around the world -- growth and bring money back to your shareholders.
We talked about grow the Middle East last week with CEO Steve Ballmer was.
-- the east and Africa together.
Has -- can kept up my head has been our fastest growing region protection -- had as much as anything by the Middle East.
And I had a chance I was in Turkey earlier this year I was in Egypt earlier this year.
You know I've been in the last couple years Kuwait to cut third Morocco to Tunisia and it's a fairly dynamic.
Very dynamic economy.
And I continue feel expects a lot of innovation and lot of growth.
You know in the United States via Microsoft's biggest businesses may have plateaued at a -- -- Ballmer say growth here in the NBA region Middle East and Africa.
Has been -- and we're joined now by the decree Robin idea the general manager of Microsoft he's -- he's in charge of the entire country for the company where growth has been.
All small based a pretty spectacular in fact is Toronto welcome thank you 40% growth year over year parts of the Middle East you have more even faster growth.
How much opportunities here for Microsoft.
Think Egypt and the Middle East and Africa region.
Because it's very much -- the early stages in terms of IT adoption.
It has been affected by the economic crisis like everyone else in the world but I think the impact and effect has that much lesser than other other places in the world.
So we've seen growth in Egypt a 20%.
-- it's very much in terms of PC penetrations -- one of the few places in the world where PC shipments and server shipments are still growing.
People still all are getting into the software business search trying to use more and more of our software.
In general the business climate is actually doing quite well.
So even though GDP growth was about 8% and now it's gonna drop to 4% but still the businesses still growing -- so so we have businesses and homes and and small businesses that are still group.
Using it and needing our.
I had a general belief is that everybody in America who wants a computer.
-- has a computer or has at least decent access to a computer not the case your -- you an hour chatting before you have you just 7%.
Internet broadband penetration.
That's got nowhere to go let up what's that mean for.
So I mean we've seen good -- growth in terms of whether it's PC penetration.
Mobile penetration and and -- -- And it's it's all opportunities for us I mean we really need to make sure that we have the right products in the markets we have the right pricing.
And basically we're doing everything and are in that we're capable of to make sure that customers and partners understand.
What are the benefits that they're getting out of the Microsoft products and they're really using them to enhance their business and enhance their lives -- -- competition here I was gonna start a company a hundred person company Cairo.
To get ready competition or did -- -- to have to cover much.
Well actually all our competitors are here.
I BM Google and everyone else so everyone on the software side office excel and you might be the only game in town for.
Windows problems but we have all the composers are here I mean we have son and and Google and an oracle and other other competitors are here.
It's it's really I think the the thing that we need to I think people more likely to use our product I think the the challenge that we have is and maybe not everyone is going to pay for it because it.
Piracy in Egypt is.
About 59% even though it's been -- that's unbelievable yeah -- get that down.
Mean giving things away or people stealing it for free is not a good way to drive revenue will actually might just general -- Well actually it's it it might seem as -- high percentage but actually typically emerging markets or more at the -- percentage.
Points in terms of piracy.
We've seen piracy -- down from 63.
Two years ago to sixty last year to 59 this year so I think the piracy the overall I PR.
Rights and the government sponsorship and help -- that has actually is moving in the right direction the president is here.
OK a lot of optimism about that it -- that he does it mean anything from Microsoft do you feel -- is -- changing political and economic dialogue.
Actually I think even though maybe the political dialogue in the in the last few years hasn't been that great.
The economic in the business I mentioned has actually been quite well I mean the US companies are basically doubled their business in Egypt over the last three years.
They've actually doubled their investments as well.
So Egypt has been in terms of the economy quite -- -- so this actually completes the picture and is is really.
An opportunity for us -- even.
You know double again or quadruple the number that we're doing you're injured I think all US companies have been quite successful Microsoft.
Many other companies in the IT field but other companies like General Motors and Coca-Cola.
They've been nice grabbing share they have and that's the story we're gonna tell cream -- John manager Microsoft.
Pleasure thank you 5% growth you know a lot of American companies would love to see -- US market might be saturated for some Microsoft looking around the world like right here.
For economic opportunity back to New York all right.
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