Steve Ballmer presents keynote address at Microsoft OpenDoor opening ceremony in Saudi Arabia

Microsoft Saudi Arabia today announced that the launch of “Microsoft Windows Phone 7” is to be on December 2010 in the Saudi market, this was during Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer keynote presented at the opening ceremony of Microsoft OpenDoor, the largest Microsoft technical event in Saudi Arabia during the year.

“Microsoft OpenDoor presents a great opportunity to share our unique vision for Cloud Computing and the enormous potential it represents. The event is to focus on cloud computing which is fundamentally changing how individuals and organizations will use technology in the future,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.

“As a global technology leader, we are committed to the Middle East region. Having been here for 20 years, we believe we can play an important role to drive regional growth and development by helping governments, societies and individuals realize their full potential,” he added.

According to Samir Noman, Microsoft Arabia President,” Over the years, we have been in a privileged position to witness the enormous commitment and resources expended by the Saudi Arabian government in building their knowledge infrastructure and a dynamic Software Economy locally. There is an innate understanding about the correlation between technology and the acceleration of productivity and GDP growth, and the need to transform the Kingdom’s technology infrastructure to bolster the largest economy in the Middle East, create more businesses and jobs for the future.”

No’man added, “With Microsoft OpenDoor, we are renewing our commitment to Saudi Arabia and paving the way for industry and Government to participate in becoming more aware about Microsoft’s industry leading applications, tools and infrastructure which will define this next era of computing.”

Microsoft OpenDoor is a three day conference taking place across two locations. In the first phase, the conference will complete its second day today Nov 3rd in Riyadh city and will conclude with one day in Jeddah on November 7. The event is designed to attract more than 3000 technology development managers, IT technical professionals and developers in Saudi Arabia.

Yesterday, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer had started his one day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to meet with the country’s top officials to highlight Microsoft’s commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to provide an instrumental platform to discuss how technology can enhance the overall development of the country and continue to make a positive impact on its people’s lives.

Samir Noman, Microsoft Arabia President, said, “Steve’s visit is in line with Microsoft’s goal to create a sustained economic opportunity where all citizens can access the power of technology and contribute to a broad knowledge economy. Government leaders are now beginning to understand the correlation between technology and the acceleration of productivity and GDP growth, and the need to build out the infrastructure to position their economies, businesses and jobs for the future. We believe Microsoft is well poised to assist and compliment them in this process of development.”

The main theme of Microsoft OpenDoor is “Transitioning to the Cloud & Technology Roadmap”, and it will cover various Microsoft technologies in Cloud computing, core infrastructure, database and desktop client, in addition to application platform and tools.

The event consists of three different tracks: one for IT professionals, one for Developers, and one for Technical Managers. Top technology experts from Microsoft and top local industry experts to address at the event. A major highlight of Microsoft OpenDoor is the Microsoft partner expo where top Microsoft partners will showcase their latest business solutions and offerings in the Saudi market.