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April 12, 2004

Pune next in Microsoft’s sights?

Microsoft Corp is planning a massive R&D hub for Pune, India, according to rumors in the university town.

By CBR Staff Writer

The announcement coincides with a visit by Microsoft’s vice president of research, Dan Ling, to the university of Pune, which has promoted speculation that Pune could well be the site of a big R&D facility for high-tech products.

Microsoft’s research division has already established close links with universities in Cambridge, UK and Beijing, China.

According to university sources, a meeting has been penciled in between a Microsoft team comprising of Ling and India operations chairman Ravi Venkatesan and a delegation of representatives from Software Technology Parks of India, CDac, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, MCCIA, and influential IT leaders in the country.

While Pune university representatives remain optimistic of a partnership, Venkatesan neither confirmed nor denied Microsoft’s plans.

Microsoft already has a sizeable presence in India, with development centers located in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire

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