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Microsoft opens 14 innovation centres in India

Posted: 10 Dec 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microsoft Innovation Centers  start-ups  technology institutes  Windows Phone  Kinect 

Microsoft has announced the launch of 14 Microsoft Innovation Centres (MICs) in India. It has signed agreements with leading academic institutions across four States.

As part of the worldwide programme, that currently has 75 MICs, Microsoft is aiming to launch 100 such centres in India over the next two years.

These centres will impact over 5,00,000 students, certifying 1,00,000 students on Microsoft technologies. The programme will also drive innovation and help build a product-based software economy by supporting product development, and over 500 start-ups, the company said in its release.

"The centres will act as innovation hubs at select colleges and technology institutes, providing incubation and expert hands-on support on Microsoft technology innovation, research, and software solutions, aiming to create a pool of student technology experts across India."

Each MIC will function as a hub for five other neighbouring colleges and will operate in a hub-spoke model driving employability, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the academic ecosystem around it.

The 14 cities that will host the first MICs will be Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Khammam, Bapatla, Guntur and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Trichy, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem in Tamil Nadu.

Budding developers will be encouraged to innovate across key priority technology focus areas: mobility (Windows Phone), cloud (Windows Azure), Kinect, accessibility, healthcare and a wider ambit for solving problems with an India focus.

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