Microsoft and India

Posted by bink on October 3 2003, 8:37 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

India cool towards peek at Windows code

India may turn down an offer from software giant Microsoft to view Windows code, reported India's The Economic Times.

India's government does not see any benefit in entering Microsoft's Government Security Program (GSP)--which officials feel to be just a confidence building exercise--although the country's department of information technology (DIT) has officially said that the offer is being examined, said the report.

The offer to access the source code was made when Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates visited India earlier this year, according to DIT sources in the report.

However, Microsoft has made similar trust-building pacts with global industrial powerhouses, but did not include any Indian firm. India's policy makers questioned why the industry's confidence was not gained first, if the U.S. firm believed India to be a software leader, said the report. Cnet

Made in India

More and more Microsoft software is being developed in India, as Microsoft continues to outsource an increasing amount of its application-development work there. According to this Times of India story, Microsoft is planning to double the number of Indian developers working on its wares, investing up to $100 million over the next five years to achieve this goal. Already, 3,000 Indian firms are working on Microsoft development projects. They have contributed to new Microsoft messaging, portal and workflow products coming to market this year. MSwatch

Microsoft to open IT academy in Jharkhand

RANCHI: The decision came after a meeting between state Chief Minister Arjun Munda and chief technology officer of Microsoft Worldwide Craig Mundei.

The project will be the second of its kind in India, after Hyderabad.

"Microsoft was impressed with the IT development that has taken place in the state in a short time. The project will put the state on the international map in the IT sector," an official in the chief minister's office told IANS.

Microsoft has agreed to extend a helping hand to the state in promoting IT.

Sources said the chief minister has offered land in the Namkom area here to set up the academy.

However, Microsoft has said the area will be decided after its officials visit the state. It will launch the pilot project on education software in Jharkhand that will be first of its kind in India.

Under this project, a Tabloid Computer will act as a friend and teacher.

The state would also take the company's help in e-governance and has requested Microsoft to develop software in the local language to take IT to rural areas.

The MoU is likely to be signed in the third week of October when the Microsoft representative for India, Rajiv Kaul, visits the state.

Recently, the state government signed an MoU with the Software Technology Park of India to set up a software park in the state at the cost of Rs. 90 million.

The district headquarters are also linked with videoconferencing. SiliconIndia

Microsoft kicks off Asia .NET drive

Microsoft aims to sign up 100,000 developers, or about 10 percent of the total in Asia-Pacific in a new region-wide campaign to boost membership in its .NET developer community. The U.S.-based software giant has kicked off a membership program called the MSDN (Microsoft Developers' Network) Connection, which it says is its first regionally-organized sign-up drive. Singapore this morning became the first of the 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific to launch the drive, with the other 12 countries to due launch their own campaigns over the next 12 months. Cnet