YooMee will now provide online services for their clients via the Windows Live platform

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E-mail addresses, chat, mobility and security services now offered to YooMee clients.

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By opting for the Microsoft Windows Live platform, YooMee is undeniably making a huge step towards more suitable and personalized communication for their clientele.

The operator YooMee, part of 4G Africa, is a high-speed Internet service provider. Two companies (Microsoft and YooMee) have entered into a partnership to offer their clients the opportunity to be creative and communicate via the Windows Live platform. YooMee subscribers will now have access to additional quality services made available through this partnership.

Microsoft and YooMee will focus their attention on improving their service to clients with regard to security, quality of the service, and optimal and transparent communication. This partnership, made public last month, shows YooMee's desire to communicate efficiently with their clients about the services they offer through the Microsoft platform.

Thanks to this partnership, "by opting for the Microsoft Windows Live platform, YooMee is undeniably making a huge step towards more suitable and personalized communication for their clientele. In fact, Windows Live remains a digital, interactive means of communication representing the largest communication platform for non-commercial applications," stated Simon Ouattara, General Manager of Microsoft West and Central Africa.

Serge Ntamack, Microsoft Intellectual Property Manager, explained: "This partnership will help prevent pirated software use, but it will also encourage consumers (the clients) to use these efficient tools, which will make their online interaction easier and will increase their daily productivity. They can do this without worrying about the risks involved in using non-compliant software or being exposed to the dangers of malware, spyware, and viruses, which can lead to identity theft and loss of important data."

Already with a few thousand subscribers, YooMee plans to expand its clientele with the help of Microsoft applications, which will fulfill its clients' particular needs. In time, through this channel, YooMee will be able to establish direct communication to meet its clients' needs and vice-versa. Furthermore, YooMee clients will receive a timely reminder to renew their subscription or to sign-up for a newsletter.

The Windows Live platform offers users a multitude of options. Subscribers will have access to an e-mail address, with a Skydrive virtual hard drive for storing and sharing data (25GB). Performance is a top priority: Hotmail is now 10 times faster, mobility: Hotmail is accessible on all web-enabled devices (mobile phones, tablets, etc.), security: Smartscreen technology can block 98% of spam, phishing and many other types of attacks.

Communication no longer flows in one direction. With Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft's e-mail platform, and Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft's messaging program, information can be sent and processed easily; clients will be able to respond to each other instantly.

“We are happy to present YooMee Live to our clients, and see our dream to connect Cameroonians to the Internet become a reality and flourish," stated Stephane Abrahams, Managing Director of YooMee Cameroon.    "We chose the Windows Live platform because the tools that support it are well-known and used by the general public. They have also proved to be a secure and reliable communication channel."

ABOUT MICROSOFT
Microsoft West and Central Africa is one of the four subsidiaries of the Microsoft regional offices Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands (Microsoft WECA & IOI) with the headquarters based in South Africa. The Microsoft West and Central Africa subsidiary is responsible for the West and Central African territories with two local offices in Ivory Coast and Senegal. The 19 countries covered by Microsoft West and Central Africa are Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, Niger, Guinea, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Mali, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic, São Tomé and Príncipe, Chad and St. Helena.

ABOUT YOOMEE
YooMee is Cameroon's 4G service provider, a subsidiary of Suisse 4G Africa S.A. 4G Africa offers access to reliable wireless high-speed Internet services based on standardized 4G technology, in selected Sub-Saharan African countries. 4G Africa has subsidiaries in Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda and several other countries in the region. The company has obtained the licenses required to seek subscribers and install, build and operate under the standards set out for wireless networks.

YooMee services are offered to the general public and to small and medium-sized enterprises in the region. 4G Africa is helping to reduce the digital divide.

Press contact: Fatou Sow: a-fasow(at)microsoft(dot)com

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