Wednesday, 28 September 2011 – Microsoft Lebanon openedits doors to the social media for the first time on the afternoon of Monday 26thSeptember 2011, in its offices in Downtown Beirut, tocelebrate the beginning of the global ‘Post-PC’ era and the Lebanese digitalrevolution starting with the launch of the 3G technology.
“Last monthwas the 30th anniversary of the PC, and just like the PC hasrevolutionized our lives 30 years ago over the past three decades, social mediaproved its capability to revolutionize social, political and economicconditions on a massive and global scale during the Arab Spring in Tunisia andEgypt this year” said Ghassan Chahine, Developer and Platform Strategy Lead atMicrosoft Lebanon. “Microsoft Lebanon has been present and active on social media for several years,but this year social media has remarkably signposted its weight and added valuein our lives, so we decided, we got to do more there!”
NumerousLebanese social media activists representing blogs, Facebook groups and Twitteraccounts, attended the event and passionately led the debate on theopportunities and risks facing companies in digital marketing, as well asMicrosoft strategy and products, while tweeting live insights from the event asthe discussions unfolded. The attendants, being vanguards of the digital mediain Lebanon, also had the chance to witness avant-premiere demonstrations andpreviews of Microsoft’s latest technologies and products, including Windows Phone7.5.
“It is greatto see that leading global corporations like Microsoft are a-door-knock away tous and I hope that other technology companies in Lebanon follow suit”, saidAssaad Thebian, a journalist and social media activist who attended the event.“Opening doors for social media and presenting us with the latest products andupcoming technology shifts enables to develop ideas that galvanize these shiftsin the society”.
This Social Media Day marks a new beginningfor Microsoft Lebanon, which has committed during the event to increasing itspresence in the social media realm, listening and responding to the socialjournalists and customers on social media channels. Microsoft is today presentonline on: www.microsoft.com/lebanon,www.facebook.com/microsoftlebanon, www.youtube.com/microsoftlebanon,http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lebanon/,and Twitter @microsoftLB.
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