Microsoft Open Technologies expands presence to China

            Microsoft Open Technologies expands presence to China

New subsidiary will focus on open innovation and collaboration with open
source and open standards communities in China.

PR Newswire

SHANGHAI, Jan. 16, 2014

SHANGHAI, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS
Open Tech), a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. dedicated to bridging Microsoft
and non-Microsoft technologies, on Thursday announced the opening of a
subsidiary in China, Microsoft Open Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (MS Open
Tech Shanghai).

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MS Open Tech Shanghai will have 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 in
interoperability, open standards and open source.

A July 26, 2013, Gartner Research report, titled "Global Data Point: Gartner,
Hype Cycle for ICT in China, 2013," states, "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."^1

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 will play a pivotal 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, "We are committed to fostering
Chinese innovation. 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."

Mr. Zhao Zhuping, Governor of the Minhang District of Shanghai, extended his
congratulations to MS Open Tech Shanghai and said, "The development of open
source software and the open source community requires long-term commitment.
We are delighted to see the investments and efforts that Microsoft has made to
advance the local open source ecosystem, which will enhance interactions
between the local and global open source communities and help cultivate local
talents."

Qiu Shanqin, chairman of China Open Source Software Promotion Union (COPU),
said, "MS Open Tech China will enhance the collaboration between Microsoft and
China technology companies in the area of open technologies. It will elevate
technology innovation, promote the development of software industry in China
and become a driver of economic development. MS Open Tech will also help
attract more talent, which is the foundation of any community. I hope MS Open
Tech will participate in and become an active member of the open source
community in China and cultivate the Chinese open source community into a
leading community in the world."

Ya-Qin Zhang, corporate vice president, Microsoft China, said, "Microsoft sees
the value in technology development and talent in China, and with the opening
of MS Open Tech Shanghai, we are able to advance Microsoft's investment in the
China market."

MS Open Tech works globally with many Microsoft product groups to ensure that
open source technologies work well with Microsoft products and open standards
are supported. MS Open Tech is helping developers reach more people in more
ways across multiple devices by engaging with a variety of standards
organizations, such as DMTF, ECMA, IETF, OASIS, W3C, ISO/IEC, and open source
communities, including Apache Cordova, Apache Qpid, Blink, Cocos2D, Doctrine,
Drupal, Joomla, JQuery, MongoDB, Mozilla, Node.js, Ogre3D, Outercurve, Redis,
Symfony, WebKit and WordPress.

MS Open Tech plays an active role among standards-setting organizations,
including initiatives for interoperable cloud services and the future of the
open Web. In many cases, the subsidiary submits open source prototypes to test
a potential standard's use and interoperability.

More information and updates about MS Open Tech Shanghai are available by
subscribing to the MS Open Tech Blog or visiting the MS Open Tech Chinese
subsidiary website.

About Microsoft Open Technologies

Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech), is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Microsoft Corp. dedicated to advancing the company's investment in openness
including interoperability, open standards and open source. MS Open Tech is
focused on providing our customers with even greater choice and opportunity to
bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies together in heterogeneous
environments, because we're convinced that openness is good for our customers,
good for the community and good for our business. For additional information
on MS Open Tech, visit www.msopentech.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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