Posted by Amy Green
Director, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

Today our friends at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) expanded their work with open standards and open source communities globally by opening a subsidiary in China – Microsoft Open Technologies Shanghai Company Limited (aka MS Open Tech Shanghai).

With a team of engineers, standards professionals and technical evangelists who have deep roots in open source and open standards, MS Open Tech Shanghai will drive investments in interoperability and standards in Microsoft products and enable open source software on Microsoft platforms, such as Windows Azure.

As reported by Gartner Research in July 2013, “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.” Through its operations in Shanghai, MS Open Tech will play a pivotal role in supporting this emerging interest in cloud computing and open technologies, providing customers in China with greater choice and opportunity to work successfully in heterogeneous IT environments.

“The development of open source software and the open source community requires long-term commitment,” said Mr. Zhao Zhuping, Governor of the Minghang District of Shanghai. “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.”

For more on this news, please see the MS Open Tech blog.