Wednesday, 28 September 2011 – Microsoft Lebanon opened
its doors to the social media for the first time on the afternoon of Monday 26th
September 2011, in its offices in Downtown Beirut, to
celebrate the beginning of the global ‘Post-PC’ era and the Lebanese digital
revolution starting with the launch of the 3G technology.
was the 30th anniversary of the PC, and just like the PC has
revolutionized our lives 30 years ago over the past three decades, social media
proved its capability to revolutionize social, political and economic
conditions on a massive and global scale during the Arab Spring in Tunisia and
Egypt this year” said Ghassan Chahine, Developer and Platform Strategy Lead at
Microsoft 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 value
in our lives, so we decided, we got to do more there!”
Lebanese social media activists representing blogs, Facebook groups and Twitter
accounts, attended the event and passionately led the debate on the
opportunities and risks facing companies in digital marketing, as well as
Microsoft strategy and products, while tweeting live insights from the event as
the discussions unfolded. The attendants, being vanguards of the digital media
in Lebanon, also had the chance to witness avant-premiere demonstrations and
previews of Microsoft’s latest technologies and products, including Windows Phone
“It is great
to see that leading global corporations like Microsoft are a-door-knock away to
us and I hope that other technology companies in Lebanon follow suit”, said
Assaad Thebian, a journalist and social media activist who attended the event.
“Opening doors for social media and presenting us with the latest products and
upcoming technology shifts enables to develop ideas that galvanize these shifts
in the society”.
This Social Media Day marks a new beginning
for Microsoft Lebanon, which has committed during the event to increasing its
presence in the social media realm, listening and responding to the social
journalists and customers on social media channels. Microsoft is today present
online on: www.microsoft.com/lebanon,
and Twitter @microsoftLB.