Microsoft sets up first Inteoperability Lab in city

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Bangalore, Oct 11 (UNI) Microsoft, the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing, has set up its first interoperability Lab in India and announced Open Source Technology Programme at the Microsoft Interoperability Conclave held here today.

Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman Microsoft India, making an announcement at the conclave, said that the Interoperability Lab was designed to help customers envision and build solutions which were interoperable.

''It would create an opportunity to showcase solutions in dealing with problems relating to Interoperability and open to anyone'' he added.

Mr Venkatesan said the other major initiative, Open Source technology Programme, was designed to further open source research and development of open source applications on the Windows platform in collaboration with leading engineering Institutes in the country.

The Interoperability lab, which was set up in Bangalore facilitates customers envision and test interoperable solutions across infrastructure, application and management layers. The facility would encompass all benefits of the technical centre which include access to world class infrastructure, experts and open source lab in Redmond.

Mr Venkatesan said MoUs had been signed with IITs in Kanpur, Guwahati, Hyderabad and IIIT in Bangalore to find solutions to foster interoperability. ''The two initiatives are significant milestones in our efforts to collaborate with the eco system to promote a community development approach and create innovative products that are inherently interoperable,'' he added.

Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft, in his open remarks said to ensure enhanced customer productivity in the increasingly heterogeneous technology environment, Microsoft had initiated interoperability initiative.

The company had been consistently engaging with the ecosystem to promote interoperability and has rolled out several initiatives globally and in India in partnership with academia as well as customers and partners, Mr Mundie added.

Nandan Nilekani, Co-Chairman Infosys in his key note address opined that deriving business value from interoperability was very important and vital in the flattening world.

Mr Nilekani said huge demographic shift was happening today in the world and the real challenge was to win the customers by providing innovative products and use the cost to drive the growth.

The one-day interoperabality conclave focussed on issues, challenges and solutions to foster interoperability, drew participation from leading academicians, bureaucrats and Industry professionals including Dr C B Phatak, IIT Mumbai, R Chandrashekhar Additional Union Secretary (E-Governance).

UNI

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