Microsoft Open Technologies opens Shanghai office

Chinese subsidiary will advance investments in interoperability, open standards and open source

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 17 January 2014
Microsoft Open Technologies opens Shanghai office

Microsoft Open Technologies is expanding its presence in China with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.

The Shanghai subsidiary will feature a robust team of engineers, standards professionals and technical evangelists, with roots in open source and open standards.

The new team will facilitate interactions between Microsoft proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts, for both services and devices. It will also look to advance investments in interoperability, open standards and open source.

Gartner reported in July 2013 that ‘there is growing interest in China in the evolution of cloud technologies, open-source software, shared services, data center technologies such as the software-defined network, smart cities and green IT/sustainability.’ Microsoft Open Technologies' new team in Shanghai will focus on providing local customers with a greater selection of heterogeneous IT environments.

“MS Open Tech China will enhance the collaboration between Microsoft and China technology companies in the area of open technologies,” said Qiu Shanqin, chairman of China Open Source Software Promotion Union. “It will elevate technology innovation, promote the development of software industry in China and become a driver of economic development. MS Open Tech China will also help attract more talent, which is the foundation of any community.”

Through the Shanghai base, Microsoft Open Technologies will look to drive investments in interoperability and standards in Microsoft products, contributing to the open source community and enabling open source software on Microsoft platforms, including Windows Azure.

“We are committed to fostering Chinese innovation,” said Jean Paoli, president of Microsoft Open Technologies. “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.”

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