By providing innovative usage of established network protocols and patented technology, nFrnds develops apps and real-time internet data services for millions of people across Africa. Whereas Base of the Pyramid (BoP) users were previously unable to take advantage of internet and information services, today they are benefiting in many different ways, ranging from agricultural insights to micro finance opportunities. nFrnds chose Microsoft and Microsoft Azure for cloud hosting. nFrnds uses a combination of open source technologies such as Linux CentOS 6.0, Java, Tomcat, SVN and Log4j to develop its services. Azure enables the instant provisioning of both Windows and Linux virtual machines, open source apps and infrastructure.