Microsoft plans global development centers

Microsoft plans to create a network of 90 software development centers around the world to support programmers, it said on Tuesday. The initiative is designed partly to foster the creation of local software industries.

The centers will be run in cooperation with local governments, academic institutions, industry organizations and software vendors and have as their goal the creation of "software economies" in the areas in which they are located, the company said in a statement.

The centers will offer three main types of assistance, said John Fernandes, Microsoft's director of international business development.

The first has a focus on education, specifically areas such as market and business development. Technology school graduates may lack knowledge in these areas which could hold them back from making their businesses a success.

The second area involves promoting partnerships between stakeholders, including venture capitalists, academics and governments, Fernandes said.

Finally, the centers will try to make sure local developers have access to tools they need, including new technologies such as 64-bit computing systems and the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system, he said.

"This is part of an ongoing conversation with academics, government and the business community in a number of countries where we do business about how Microsoft can help grow local software economies," Fernandes said.

The 90 centers will include 60 existing facilities in locations including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and Malaysia and 30 new facilities in countries including South Korea, India and South Africa, Microsoft said. The existing facilities will be upgraded to support the new initiative and the new ones will open in 2006, Fernandes said.

The plan was announced Tuesday at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum (GLF) Asia in New Delhi, India.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?