Microsoft launches 14 innovation centres

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 21:02 hrs

pTo tap the growing developer&rsquos ecosystem in India Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited has launched 14 Microsoft Innovation Centres MICs in partnership with technical institutions across four statesppThe company which runs 75 such centres globally plans to set up 100 such centres over the next two years in the country &ldquoIndia is a key market for us With more than 1 million developers in the country the developer&rsquos ecosystem is unique compared to other countries as people here develop apps professionally and also as part of their hobby&rdquo Joseph Landes general manager of DPE developer platform evangelist Microsoft India told Business StandardppDevelopers would be encouraged to innovate across key technology focus areas that are driving growth including mobility Windows Phone cloud Windows Azure accessibility and healthcare Besides there would be a wider ambit for solving problems with focus on India he saidppMICs are state-of-the-art technology facilities located at educational institutes start-up villages and other state departments It provides incubation and hands-on support on Microsoft technology innovation research and software solutions involving a combination of government academic and industry participants he saidppEach MIC will act as an innovation hub for five other neighbouring colleges and will operate in a hub-spoke modelppThe first 14 centres have come up in cities including Hyderabad Vijayawada Rajahmundry Khammam Andhra Pradesh Raipur Chhattisgarh Bhopal Madhya Pradesh and Trichy and Salem in Tamil NaduppThe thrust will be on four major areas - innovation entrepreneurship employment and education MIC will act as a platform for students where they can learn about the company&rsquos technology and develop the developer&rsquos ecosystem said Phani Kondepudi director of academic programmes DPE Microsoft IndiappMICs will impact over 500000 students certifying 100000 students on Microsoft technologies It will also help build a product-based software economy by supporting product development and over 500 start-upsppMicrosoft has similar programs such as DreamSpark BizSpark and Imagine Cup that encourage students to develop businesses and create applications on its platformsp

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