Microsoft launches 14 Innovation Centers in India

The first wave of 14 Microsoft Innovation Centers were launched in India today. Microsoft has signed MOUs with select colleges & technology institutes in India, across four states. These MICs will act as innovation hubs for Microsoft, and will impact over 500,000 students, certifying 100,000 students on Microsoft technologies.

Each of these MIC’s will function as a hub for five other neighboring colleges. The MIC program will act as the key driver of Microsoft’s vision for developing new talent in India at the student level across key priority technology focus areas like Mobility (Windows Phone), Cloud (Windows Azure), Kinect, Accessibility, Healthcare.

The 14 cities that will host these MICs are:

Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Khammam, Bapatla, Guntur, Tirupati, Raipur, Bhopal, Trichy, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem.

Microsoft Innovation Centers ( MICs ) are state of art technology facilities for collaboration on innovative research, technology or software solutions, involving a combination of government, academic and industry participants. With the launch of these MICs the total number of Innovation Centers world-wide now stands at over 100. Over a period of time, Microsoft plans to set up 100 Innovation Centers in India.

This MIC announcement comes days after the India launch of Microsoft’s launch of YouthSpark in India.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.

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