Bengaluru, Karnataka, India:Microsoft kicked off “TechEd 2013,” Microsoft’s premier technology event for developers, IT professionals, entrepreneurs and students in Bengaluru today. The event will help developers and IT professionals hone their skills in app development, and thereby add more apps to the Windows ecosystem. Microsoft is currently making significant investments in working with 1.2-million developers (the second-largest developer ecosystem) and over 1000 Independent Software Vendors to empower them with the tools, technologies and training required to develop high-end skills and to compete in a global marketplace.
Joseph Landes, General Manager - DPE, Microsoft India said, “Success of the developer ecosystem is a great triumph story in India. Microsoft has played a big role in enabling this triumph and TechEd 2013 takes it to a whole new level. Today more than ever before, developers, IT professionals and students have the opportunity to create modern apps connected to cloud services that make information more easily accessible to users, on any device, at any time.”
Microsoft TechEd 2013 saw a tremendous response from IT students and budding entrepreneurs in India, where keynote speeches, demos and workshops from experts helped them catalyze their business ambitions and realize their full potential. With the global unemployment rate at 12.7% (Generation Opportunity) and the employability rate in the Indian IT services sector falling three times, that is, from 29.41% to 16.36% (Aspiring Minds) last year, there is a clear need for educational institutions to produce industry-ready candidates as this may become an impediment for growth due to lack of trained manpower for product-based and research-based projects, as the IT industry in India matures. It is imperative that skill building be a focus for India’s progressive growth and to bridge the opportunity divide amongst youth in India.
Microsoft’s aim is to provide the gifted and technically-skilled developer community with a supportive environment to drive path-breaking innovation globally. Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Office 2013, Office 365 and Windows Azure platforms open up countless opportunities for developers to shape the app ecosystem across multiple devices, giving developers the chance to maximize their revenues.
Recently, Microsoft hosted Windows AppFest at Bengaluru and made history by setting a world record for the ‘Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location.’ The record has been set at 2567 developers coding non-stop for 18 hours. Developers from India and beyond participated in the event for building, designing and testing apps for the Windows platform with global mentoring and technical resources at hand. Other initiatives like ‘Tech Days,’ the ‘I Unlock Joy,’ ‘Mobile Acceleration Week’ and the first-ever women app developers event in India highlight Microsoft’s commitment towards developers, IT professionals and students to seize and lead innovation by building successful applications on Windows platform.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.
Tushar Makkar, Microsoft,