Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech), a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. dedicated to bridging Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, announced today the opening of a subsidiary in China, Microsoft Open Technologies (Shanghai) Company Limited — (MS Open Tech Shanghai).
MS Open Tech Shanghai will focus on open innovation and collaboration with open source and open standards communities in China. The new subsidiary is composed of a robust team of engineers, standards professionals and technical evangelists with roots in open source and open standards.
The Chinese subsidiary will focus on facilitating interactions between Microsoft proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts on services and devices by advancing the investments on interoperability, open standards and open source.
As interest in cloud computing and open source technologies increases in China, Microsoft is focused on providing local customers with greater choice and opportunity to work successfully in heterogeneous IT environments. Through its operations in Shanghai, MS Open Tech aimes to play a bigger role by driving investments in interoperability and standards in Microsoft products, contributing to the open source community, and enabling open source software on Microsoft platforms, such as Windows Azure.
Jean Paoli, president of MS Open Tech said, “Our new subsidiary will offer more flexibility to iterate and release open source software created in China, participate in existing open source and open standards efforts and collaborate with the community of open source developers in China.”
“China is a strategic market for Microsoft. Over the past few years, Microsoft has significantly expanded the scope of R&D in China to not only help build global products but also help address the needs of China customers, partners and government. The establishment of this new company aims to provide more choices for customers and developers, and more technology innovation for businesses, governments, and consumers, in particular in the era of cloud, big data, mobility and social”, said Dr. Zhang Yaqin, Corporate Vice President and Chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group.