Microsoft opens fourteen Innovation Centres across India

Microsoft is working on expanding in India, with fourteen Microsoft Innovation Centres on their way. The MICs are meant to bring benefits to students within India. Education is a big thing in the country, with items like the $35 Aakash tablet also on the market.

Microsoft Innovation Centres will bring student certification to the country, which could be beneficial for those looking into work with Microsoft and its products. Local start-ups will also be happy to hear about the MIC expansion, for they can also provide support and foster their growth.

Microsoft has big plans for their Centres, with plans for 100+ by the end of 2014. Centres are to be opened at colleges and technological institues across four Indian states, focusing on mobility, cloud, Kinect, accessibility, healthcare and issues unique to India. 'Mobility' and 'cloud' in plain English? Windows Phone and Azure, most likely.

Microsoft Innovation Centres are to open in the following locations:

  1. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
  4. Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
  5. Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh
  6. Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
  7. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
  8. Raipur, Chhattisgarh
  9. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  10. Trichy, Tamil Nadu
  11. Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  12. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  13. Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  14. Salem, Tamil Nadu

Source: ZDNet

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I am just pi33ed that all of them except one are located in the south of the country. They should have spread it evenly across.. i mean. wt...

psreloaded said,
I am just pi33ed that all of them except one are located in the south of the country. They should have spread it evenly across.. i mean. wt...

Urrm ... what about the rest of the WORLD? Plenty of highly talented students in Europe that could benefit from these sort of programs. Indian outsourcing has been shown not to work across plenty of companies!

simrat said,
Again no love for Northies.

lmao. It may not have to be related on geographical locations but pure talents. But we have to agree that those South Indian states definitely give strong push towards IT based courses. Special incentives are given to foreign companies to set up their base there.

I am concerned that once certified, Microsoft could directly take in people from overseas (that are prepared to work at half the salary), over those populated locally.

What I am saying is not racist - these actions effect the economy.

Have you seen the Adobe Reader credits?: http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/adobexcredits/ I am quite sure this is happening at Adobe. Adobe Reader has become bloated over the last 10 years - I would be interested in how effective "quality engineering" really is (are they just product testers, or do they view and comment on source code quality as well?).

68k said,
I am concerned that once certified, Microsoft could directly take in people from overseas (that are prepared to work at half the salary), over those populated locally.

What I am saying is not racist - these actions effect the economy.

Have you seen the Adobe Reader credits?: http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/adobexcredits/ I am quite sure this is happening at Adobe. Adobe Reader has become bloated over the last 10 years - I would be interested in how effective "quality engineering" really is (are they just product testers, or do they view and comment on source code quality as well?).

What is wrong in it? Is it like Adobe products are used only in the US? The product is used across many countries similarly developers, engineers are also from different countries... I see nothing wrong in it.

68k said,
I am concerned that once certified, Microsoft could directly take in people from overseas (that are prepared to work at half the salary), over those populated locally.

What I am saying is not racist - these actions effect the economy.

Have you seen the Adobe Reader credits?: http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/adobexcredits/ I am quite sure this is happening at Adobe. Adobe Reader has become bloated over the last 10 years - I would be interested in how effective "quality engineering" really is (are they just product testers, or do they view and comment on source code quality as well?).

WOW, Adobe Reader credits looks like a list of random generates names.

68k said,
I am concerned that once certified, Microsoft could directly take in people from overseas (that are prepared to work at half the salary), over those populated locally.

What I am saying is not racist - these actions effect the economy.

Have you seen the Adobe Reader credits?: http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/adobexcredits/ I am quite sure this is happening at Adobe. Adobe Reader has become bloated over the last 10 years - I would be interested in how effective "quality engineering" really is (are they just product testers, or do they view and comment on source code quality as well?).

are you saying only US products are quality ones? May be you need to look at Google team and may be your NASA strength of Indians

Brony said,

WOW, Adobe Reader credits looks like a list of random generates names.

Lol that's because it was started by bunch people who believed that hiring Indian software engineers was economical.

Any foreigner employed in the United States has to be legally paid wages comparable to prevailing American Salaries. This is a law enforced by the Department of Labor even before a foreigner is even granted a Work Visa. So it is impossible and illegal for an American Company to bring in cheap labor from China and India.

On the other hand, it is possible for American Companies to setup Offices in countries like China and India and perform Manufacturing / Software Development here. The workers here will be paid wages prevailing in China and India. In case of Adobe, Adobe has software development centers in many countries and portions of the Adobe Acrobat Software were developed in their Indian Offices.

68k said,
I am concerned that once certified, Microsoft could directly take in people from overseas (that are prepared to work at half the salary), over those populated locally.

What I am saying is not racist - these actions effect the economy.

Have you seen the Adobe Reader credits?: http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/adobexcredits/ I am quite sure this is happening at Adobe. Adobe Reader has become bloated over the last 10 years - I would be interested in how effective "quality engineering" really is (are they just product testers, or do they view and comment on source code quality as well?).

It seems that you are suggesting that the software is bloated because it was developed outside US. wow...

psreloaded said,

It seems that you are suggesting that the software is bloated because it was developed outside US. wow...


I should have put those two points on separate paragraphs. Adobe Reader is bloated (that's why I don't use it) - but NOT because it was developed outside the US (not sure if this was the case anyway).

My main points were in regards to the economy (Americans losing jobs because people from another country would be happy to work for half the salary, or less). It's happening already - look at farming in Italy. And then look at the Italian economy. It's a joke, and politicians are a joke too.

yeah we get stuff like this in India, then MS complains no one in the USA is qualified, yet all the incentives they do in the USA are usually mute and not that great for people wanting to learn...

our university was a "MS Learning center" but all they did was put their name on the existing CS department basically.... we didn't get much out of it to make the programs better

neufuse said,
yeah we get stuff like this in India, then MS complains no one in the USA is qualified, yet all the incentives they do in the USA are usually mute and not that great for people wanting to learn...

our university was a "MS Learning center" but all they did was put their name on the existing CS department basically.... we didn't get much out of it to make the programs better

These so-called Microsoft Innovation centre are just namesake setups by Microsoft. They setup a new lab or rename an existing lab to "Microsoft Innovation Centre". Colleges are pushing MS to setup a MIC, so that can advertise about their superficial partnership with Microsoft.

We have one in my university, it's no different from any other lab at university and has hardly any involvement from Microsoft.