The Foreign Commercial Service continues to play a key role in linking U.S. companies to emerging markets and facilitating the transfer of technology and skills from the U.S. In line with this, was the launch of Microsoft Corporation's Windows 10 on July 29 in Nairobi, which was highlighted by the presence of the company's CEO and President Mr. Satya Nadella.
The launch was followed by an exclusive business forum for industry captains and CEO’s from Kenya's business community where U.S Ambassador Robert Godec gave opening remarks. In his speech, Mr. Godec emphasized the growing commitment to innovation and support to emerging markets by American Corporations. He further reaffirmed President Obama’s pledge to support business development in Kenya and Africa sighting the just concluded presidential visit and Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Mr. Nadella was appointed on February 4, 2014 succeeding Steve Ballmer. This is his first major launch as CEO and his choice for Nairobi as the Windows 10 launch pad has strategically placed Kenya on the global map as the regional hub for growth and innovation in Africa. Kenya and South Africa were among the 13 countries in the world that celebrated the launch simultaneously.