Eight months after Microsoft affiliate MS Open Tech set up a subsidiary in Shanghai, the U.S. software company’s Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group (ARD) launched another entity in the city to boost gains distributed throughout Chinese ecosystem.

Microsoft Asia-Pacific Technology Company Ltd. is a new company focused on locally producing mobile first, cloud first innovation with global impact. It is primarily composed of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise China engineering group with Shen Yuanqing, CEO of ARD, as chief manager. Since starting in early 2005, the China team has been contributing to core platform products including Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, Power BI for Office 365, Visual Studio and e-Commerce platform.

At the event, ARD and its partners presented the latest technologies, services and solutions in the field of cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.