In a bid to cash in on the growing pool of developers in India, Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Limited has set up fourteen Microsoft Innovation Centres (MICs) collaboratively with technical institutions spanning across four states. The company runs 75 similar centers worldwide, and aims to set up 100 of them in India over the next couple years. Joseph Landes, General Manager of DPE (Developer Platform Evangelist), Microsoft India, stated that India poses as a key market for them with so many developing quality apps either professionally or as a hobby, and these very developers shall be prodded for innovation across mobility (Windows Phone), cloud (Windows Azure), accessibility, healthcare and driving growth. Also, the scope for India-related problems shall be wider, he added.
Microsoft Innovation Centers are ultra-modern facilities situated at educational institutes, start-up villages and alternative state departments, where incubation and hands-on regarding Microsoft technology innovation, software-solutions and research are entertained. MICs welcome participation of Government, Educational institutes and Industries. Each and every MIC poses as an innovation hub to five neighboring colleges, and shall function in a hub-spoke manner. The first 14 centers find themselves set-up at Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Khammam (Andhra Pradesh), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Trichy and Salem in Tamil Nadu among others. With stress laid on innovation, entrepreneurship, employment and education, MIC shall present a platform for students where they acquire skill of company’s technology and understand the developer’s ecosystem. Impacting 500k+ students, of which 100,000 students shall be certified on MS technologies, it will also aid in establishing a product-based software economy by backing up product development and 500+ startups.