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DigiGirlz inspires Young Woman in Hyderabad to pursue careers in technology

12th March 2015 ,Hyderabad: DigiGirlz, A Microsoft YouthSpark Program started in the year 2000 to provide an opportunity for high school girls to get an early exposure into tech careers, was hosted in Hyderabad today.

DigiGirlz Day in Hyderabad is one in a series of DigiGirlz events hosted worldwide and the 4th DigiGirlz to be organized in India. Around 400 students have participated to date in DigiGirlz Days in India. They have had an opportunity to interact with senior Microsoft executives and participate in product demonstrations that would excite them about careers in technology.

DigiGirlz Day in Hyderabad saw smart, enthusiastic high school girls from St. George’s Girls Grammar School interacting with Microsoft employees. The students enjoyed building games with Kodu, a simple visual programming language. Later in the day, the girls were excited to learn tips for using Microsoft Excel in a smarter way. The session also showcased Bing and how it can be of use in their daily studies. A panel of senior technical women spoke about their careers and also  took several questions form the students. The session ended with the DigiGirlz visiting the Microsoft Visitor Center where they experienced various Interactive installations.

Speaking on the occasion Chitra Sood Director, Business Management of Microsoft India said “DigiGirlz showcases the power of technology to high school girls and also highlights career options in technology- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for women. She further added that Microsoft is deeply committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in the workplace as it fosters an environment where diverse perspectives and ideas can result in innovative solutions”

More than 23,500 students have attended the Microsoft DigiGirlz Technology Programs (both camps and one-day events) since they began in 2000. DigiGirlz gives girls the opportunity to meet one on one with senior level Microsoft executives, participate in workshops and product demonstrations, and shadow employees possessing similar interests.   Through DigiGirlz Microsoft wants to show that they are bringing up a new generation of innovative women leaders and helping girls change their future through the use of technology.

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Microsoft CODESS for women coders comes to Hyderabad

Hyderabad, November 7th, 2014: CODESS, a global community for women coders, established by Skype in March 2013 to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field, was hosted by Microsoft, in Hyderabad today. Prakash Thekkate, General Manager, Microsoft India Development Center welcomed the women engineers from various companies.

CODESS Hyderabad is one in a series of CODESS events worldwide and second in the series to be organized in India. CODESS entered India in May 2014 in Bangalore.

Themed “Coding an Innovative Enterprise”, CODESS Hyderabad provided the attendees an opportunity to interact with women achievers in the area of engineering.

This theme is relevant as India is seeing a steady rise in technology startups and is emerging as the third largest base for startups after the US and UK. Innovative thinking, enterprising approach and problem solving attitude are some of the key skills to build a startup. These skills are also important to be a great coder. The theme, therefore aimed at aligning thoughts, drawing parallels and providing a common platform for the participants to share experiences as entrepreneurs and coders.

Around 84 women coders from Hyderabad with experience in development, testing and project management were invited to attend the event at the Microsoft India Development Center campus in Hyderabad.

A special session called Startup Express gave an opportunity for the attendees to team up and think of a business idea using just two words.. The ideas were presented to a panel and were judged on the basis of originality. Winners were given cool goodies and gift vouchers.

Talking about Codess, Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India R&D Pvt Ltd  said the program aims to bring together women in engineering to share personal and professional experiences, network and learn from each another. He further added that Microsoft is deeply committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in the workplace as it enables to foster an environment where diverse perspectives and ideas can result in innovative solutions

Sangeeta Banerjee, CEO, 3five8 Technologies (Apartmentadda.com) said, “If an enterprise solves a problem that affects a sizeable population and is scalable, it becomes an innovative enterprise. She shared her experiences in starting apartmentadda.com and how it helped in better managing large societies. She advised the young engineers to be passionate about their idea and build on it to make it a scalable one.

During the panel discussion, Madhu Jalan, Co-Founder, SoclNow shared her insights on how they wanted to take the route of solving a challenging technology issue and make a business case for it. She further went on to share her experiences “Sentiment aAnalysis” done by her organization for the recent national elections. She urged attendees to be ready to face new challenges and be tenacious in their endeavor.

Ravi Narayan, Director, Microsoft Ventures advised the engineers to have their basic business fundamentals strong. Sridevi Jasti, Founder, Vibrant Living, shared the importance of planning and customer delight in helping a business grow. She shared her journey of serving healthy food and how technology helped her to do the job she loves the most.

About CODESS

CODESS is a global engineering forum for women sponsored by Microsoft. It aims to be a platform for women in engineering to share personal and professional experiences, network and learn from one another. The CODESS team delivers events and workshops for women software engineers from academia all the way through to the executive level. With previous events across Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and the US, CODESS is now making its way across the different engineering communities throughout the world.

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 6,500 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft is committed to touching and transforming lives and businesses in India through technology.

For further information, contact:

Debjani Mukherji | debjanim@microsoft.com | +91 9740772511

Srikanth Gunishetty | srikanth.gunishetty@edelman.com | +91 81210 40100

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L V Prasad Eye Institute launches Computer Training Centre for Visually Impaired

Funded by contributions from Microsoft India Development Center’s Employee Giving Campaign

Visakhapatnam, September 04, 2014: L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) and Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd today announced the launch of a Computer Training Centre for the visually challenged at LVPEI’s GMR Varalakshmi Campus, Hanumanthawaka Junction here. This is the third joint initiative completely funded by monetary contributions received through the Employee Giving Campaign at Microsoft India Development Center, the first two being the Mobility & Sensory Stimulation Park LVPEI Kode Venkatadri Chowdary Campus in Vijayawada and a Helpline for Visually Impaired launched last September.

The Computer Training Center, launched by Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder & Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute, and Mr Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC), is open to any visually impaired student who wants to learn computer skills for educational and employment purposes.  The three-month program uses assistive technology in the form of screen reading software such as JAWS, MAGic and Window-Eyes, and teaches Microsoft Office such as Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet Explorer, accounting packages such as Tally and software languages such as C,C++, Java, HTML and SQL. Combined with soft skills and communication training, the course helps build confidence and increase the employability of the visually impaired students. The center aims to train a total of 128 students including blind (n=32) and low vision (n=96) in the next 12 months.

Explaining the potential of the initiative, Dr. Rao said: “LVPEI is one of the very few organizations in India running a dedicated hands-on training program for the visually challenged with the support of assistive software. We have always been committed to providing world class facilities to prevent blindness and provide vision rehabilitation. While we have made considerable progress in bringing the best of eye care services, we felt a need to establish a computer training center for the visually impaired. The center will help them acquire the required skill set to compete in a technologically advanced society and become financially independent. We would like to thank Microsoft India Development Center for its continued support of our initiatives.”

There are several screen reading software developed for use by visually impaired, however most of these are extremely expensive, limiting their usage to a very small percentage of the needy.  However, Microsoft’s Window-Eyes screen reader is offered as a free download to all licensed users of Office 2010 and 2013, a great benefit for the visually impaired. Recounting his experience, Mohan, a computer training instructor at the Vishakhapatnam center, said: “I felt the impact of my vision loss doubling when I lost the privilege of using computers.  Thanks to LVPEI’s rehabilitation team, I learnt how to access computers with assistive software, and could connect back to the world again. Now I have the privilege of teaching the skills that I learnt as I have been given an opportunity to work as an IT instructor for the center.”

Elaborating on MSIDC’s contribution, Anil Bhansali said: “Every year, Microsoft runs a dedicated global program encouraging employees to give back to the community. Since the year 2000, MSIDC employees have been supporting various social causes they are passionate about. Many of our initiatives align to Microsoft’s long history of commitment to accessibility where the company builds accessibility features into several products and services and partners with others to discover new ways of using technology to transform people’s lives and have a long term impact. In 2012, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Giving Campaign, we decided to take up eye health and support for the visually challenged as a special initiative, given the long term adverse consequences visual impairment has on a person’s education, employment, mobility, socialization and mental health.”

“We chose to partner with LVPEI and Sankara Eye Care Institutions, given their commendable achievement in this field. We have achieved quite a bit. Thanks to LVPEI efforts, more than 4000 sighted and visually impaired individuals visited the Mobility and Sensory Stimulation Park while the helpline successfully answered 1500 enquiries regarding medical intervention, assistive devices, employment opportunities, mobile applications, audio books, educational courses, etc. The numbers are growing month on month. Our contributions helped Sankara achieve quite a bit since November 2013—they conducted vision screening for more than 71,000 school going children, 300 pediatric cataract surgeries, delivered spectacles to 1100 plus kids with refractive error and successfully treated nine cases of retinoblastoma. I am thankful to our employees for their generous donations towards such a noble cause,” Bhansali said.

About Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd

The Microsoft India Development Center of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd commenced operations in Hyderabad in 1998 with about 20 people. Today, it has a headcount of 2000 plus employees that work closely with product engineering teams from Microsoft Corporation’s headquarters at Redmond, making it one of Microsoft’s largest development centers outside the US. For more details on Microsoft India Development Center’s activities, please visit: www.microsoft.com/india/msidc

About L V Prasad Eye Institute

The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established in 1986-87 at Hyderabad as a not-for-profit, non-government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care institution. LVPEI is governed by two trusts: the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation. The Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Center for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. LVPEI has six active arms to its areas of operations namely Clinical Services, Education, Research, Rehabilitation and Sight Enhancement Services, Eye Bank, and Public Health and Rural Outreach. For more information, visit www.lvpei.org.

For further details, please contact:

Dr Sreedevi Yadavalli | Associate Director and Head – Communications, LVPEI | Tel: +91 040 23547254, +91 040 30612555 | ysreedevi@lvpei.org

Debjani Mukherji | Group PR Manager, Microsoft India Development Center | +91 9740772511 | debjanim@microsoft.com

Srikanth Gunishetty | Edelman India | +91 81210 40100 | Srikanth.gunishetty@edelman.com

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Microsoft brings CODESS to India

Bangalore, May 16, 2014: CODESS, a community for women coders established by Skype in March 2013 to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field, was brought to India today by Microsoft. Around 30 women with 2-8 years of experience in development, testing and project management from various companies attended the event at Microsoft’s development center in Bangalore.

CODESS India is one in a series of CODESS events worldwide. For a long time, engineering has been perceived as a male dominated industry, with women active in these areas often treated as exceptions. Things are slowly changing, with more and more women now choosing careers in engineering. The mission of CODESS is to provide a platform for women coders to  share personal and professional experiences, network, and learn from one another. The CODESS team delivers events and workshops for female software engineers from academia all the way through to the executive level. With previous events across Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and the US, CODESS is now making its way across the different engineering communities throughout the world, and its first India stop was at Bangalore today.

Themed The Future of Work and Play, CODESS India, which was organized by WinSpire, the women’s networking team at Microsoft India Development Center in Bangalore, provided the attendees the opportunity to learn about future technology trends from Microsoft leaders and external speakers, attend a special session on game development conducted by a Microsoft team from the UK and watch some cool demos. The by-invitation only event, which started at 11am and closed at 4pm today, also gave the attendees the opportunity to meet experienced and like-minded female engineers from within the software industry.

“At Microsoft, diversity is at the core of our culture. Emphasis on diversity and inclusion enables us to build a workforce and create a work environment that fosters talent and creativity and welcomes different experiences, perspectives, and capabilities. Gender diversity is a key component of that, with several initiatives in place focused on advancing it. India is one of our largest R&D centers outside Redmond. The R&D workforce in India is 2200 plus, and we have taken up several D&I initiatives to achieve a balanced workforce. Leadership commitment and environment sensitization to D&I, networks for women, Springboard, Digigirlz are just some of these programs,” said Vikram Manocha, Head of HR, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd.

Elaborating on CODESS, Manocha said: “CODESS is unique in that it focuses only on women coders. The objective is to create a forum for these women that provides them with mentoring, networking and any other support they need to further their technical careers. We want everyone to feel like they can reach out and have a candid conversation with other women in technology who may have interesting perspectives based on their experience. I am extremely fortunate to be here today, at the first ever CODESS event here today.”

In her session titled Reflections, Kalpana Margabandhu, Director, India CIO Lab and BT/IT Location Executive, IBM India, shared some learnings from her 32-year technology career. She stressed the importance of personal integrity and the ability to decide early on in life what is important to a woman, so that she can make appropriate choices and pace her career accordingly. Self-awareness and constant learning from experiences help a person grow in her desired direction, she said. Kalpana believes events like Codess are very important for women to be able to discuss, talk about their unique challenges and find solutions. Even in the case of innovation, there is always this inherent fear of not knowing what to do but when paired with someone else, increased confidence can help you do a much better job, she said.

Sharing her own learnings, Pragati Ogal Rai, Chief Technology Evangelist, Paypal, said that women must learn to be assertive and ask for what they want, as leadership appreciates and respects people who know what they want and have the confidence to ask for it. Open and direct communication is the right way to do this, she said. She also stressed the importance of being open to change and trying out new ideas as a woman progresses in her career.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 6,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft is committed to touching and transforming lives and businesses in India through technology.

For further details, please contact:

Debjani Mukherji | Microsoft India Development Centre | +91 9740772511 | debjanim@microsoft.com

Gayatri Ganesh | Genesis Burson-Marsteller | +91 9703700884 | gayatri.ganesh@bm.com

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Microsoft announces TOFFEE 3.0 in Hyderabad in association with Cyberabad Traffic Police

TOFFEE now valid all over Hyderabad

Hyderabad, May 6, 2014: Microsoft today announced the successful rollout of the third edition of TOFFEE (Total Offense Free Entity), a traffic awareness initiative piloted by a group of employees of Hyderabad campus in association with the Cyberabad Traffic Police, to more than 350 employees at its Hyderabad campus. At a function held at the Microsoft Hyderabad campus today, Mr Avinash Mohanty, IPS, DCP-Traffic, Cyberabad, in the presence of Mr Shyam Sundar, IPS, DCP-Traffic, Hyderabad, announced that starting this year, TOFFEE will be valid all over Hyderabad as against only Cyberabad, as was the case earlier. The event was attended by representatives from more than 25 corporate houses in the neighborhood, including ISB, Amazon, Deloitte, Infosys, Dell, who were invited to the event by the DCP-Traffic, Cyberabad. Mohanty also announced a couple of new initiatives that are being driven by Microsoft Hyderabad employees and urged the companies to implement the same, to help make Hyderabad a safer and more traffic friendly city.

Commenting on the program, Chitra Sood, Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd, said: “The extension of TOFFEE outside the Cyberabad region to cover all of Hyderabad is a strong endorsement of the efficacy of this program. TOFFEE is a great example of public-private partnership. It is amazing to see how this program, which was initiated in 2011 by a few Microsoft Hyderabad campus employees, passionate about promoting the basics of road safety and traffic law, has now matured into something that spans across the entire city. I congratulate the team on their success, and am extremely thankful to the Cyberabad Traffic Police for their guidance and support. This year, we have distributed more than 350 TOFFEE stickers to employees on campus and are looking at expanding the number in years to come. I hope more and more organizations in Hyderabad will adopt and benefit from TOFFEE.”

Congratulating the Microsoft team for pioneering and driving this initiative, Mr Mohanty said: “The partnership between the Cyberabad Traffic Police department and Microsoft has significantly improved the traffic and road safety conditions in the Cyberabad region. Over the last few months, Microsoft employees have been providing voluntary traffic management at the extremely busy IIIT junction every Monday for at least 90 minutes during peak hours. Their efforts have not only helped decongest the roads and raised traffic awareness, but most importantly saved time for citizens who used to get stuck at this junction. In 2012, together with Microsoft, we helped Wipro roll out this program for their employees. This year, we would love to see more companies come forward and replicate TOFFEE. All they need is to approach Cyberabad Police Commissionerate, and we, with the help of Microsoft volunteers, will extend all possible help in rolling out TOFFEE for their organizations.”

TOFFEE is the first of its kind initiative started in 2011 by a group of Microsoft Hyderabad campus employees in association with the Cyberabad Police, to improve awareness about the basics of road safety and traffic laws. A TOFFEE certificate is a vehicle sticker valid for one year, which ensures that the vehicle is not stopped for normal/routine document verification checks by the traffic police. Every year, Microsoft receives several hundred applications for TOFFEE, which go through a rigorous process of shortlisting before stickers are finally issued to employees on campus.

The first step in the process is to ensure each applicant has proper documentation in place – vehicle registration certificate, lifetime tax paid receipt for non AP registered vehicles, insurance, driving license and a valid pollution under control certificate. Each of these documents are scrutinized by a team of TOFFEE volunteers at Microsoft. The next step is to monitor the applicant’s driving and parking in and around campus for about a fortnight. Applications of only those employees who successfully clear both the steps are then submitted to the Cyberabad traffic police department, who in turn verify the documents before issuing the stickers. This entire process is driven in association with the Microsoft global security team and is automated so that successful applicants receive timely reminders to renew necessary documents in advance before they expire.

About Microsoft Hyderabad

Microsoft’s Hyderabad campus houses Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd and Microsoft Global Delivery. Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd (MIRPL) is one of Microsoft Corporation’s largest R&D centers outside its headquarters in Redmond, focused on engineering for both external and internal software products. Microsoft Services Global Delivery is the global delivery organization of Microsoft Services worldwide. In just six years of its operations, Global Delivery has established a global footprint by delivering cutting edge services solutions to leading enterprises across the world.

For further information, contact:

Gayatri Ganesh

Genesis Burson Marsteller

+91 9703700884 | gayatri.ganesh@bm.com

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Microsoft Academia Accelerator Program Launched in India

Partnership with Top Engineering Colleges to Enrich Computer Science Curriculum and Nurture Student Innovation

Hyderabad, January 16, 2014 – Microsoft today announced the launch of the Microsoft Academia Accelerator, a new program aimed at building a deep long-term association between industry and academia. Microsoft, in collaboration with the faculty at 10 leading Indian engineering colleges, will aim to enhance the Computer Science curriculum in selective areas and foster even greater student-driven innovation and entrepreneurship.

Announcing the program, Vinod Anantharaman, Head of Business Management, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd, said: “India produces some of the world’s finest engineering talent. Much of this talent get started on their journeys at our top engineering colleges. By adding a layer of cutting-edge industry know-how on top of the existing Computer Science curriculum, the Academia Accelerator program aims to expose students to critically important technology trends and practices earlier, during their formative years, thereby preparing them with vital skills and experiences that will enrich their careers and fuel innovation and impact from India.”

The program currently has two main components—a series of workshops that span a wide spectrum of topics relevant to the modern-day high technology industry, and a series of student hackathons which give all students at these campuses an opportunity to work collaboratively in team environments to build modern, real-world applications that leverage the latest Microsoft platforms including Mobile and Cloud.

Workshops are tailored to the curriculum at each partner college, based on the needs of the Computer Science faculty and their specific asks, and get delivered by seasoned Microsoft engineers who are domain experts on that particular area. Although primarily designed to be deeply technical in their nature, workshops often include other important considerations such as the business landscape, anticipated trends or promising areas for future research. Topics of recently delivered workshops include Agile Practices in Software Engineering, Smartphone Trends, Cloud Computing, Online Advertising, Big Data and Web Mining.

The hackathon series, delivered under the code.fun.do brand name, are open to all passionate coders at partner college campuses. Hackathons are preceded by fast-paced, hands-on talks and demos that orient students to key concepts needed to build apps for modern platforms such as smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and the Cloud. Students then work in teams that are tasked with conceiving and implementing original apps for these platforms within 24 hours, with the full support and guidance of Microsoft mentors present at these events.

Top teams from the hackathons conducted at the college campus level graduate to a 3-month long online code.fun.do Finalists Forum, a Champions’ League of sorts where India’s best student developers get further opportunity to refine their winning ideas and take them to the next level, ably supported by seasoned Microsoft mentors. This program stresses the concepts of teamwork and collaboration as well as multi-disciplinary focus that takes students beyond pure technology or code into other equally important determinants of success, such as user experience, design, customer value propositions, etc.

“We are really excited about this program. We strongly believe that efforts like the Microsoft Academia Accelerator which connect students and faculty to the very latest in the industry will accelerate the impact of India’s amazing talent. Our effort is made possible because of great sponsors and collaborators in academia—we are truly fortunate to have some amazing partners among the faculty of the colleges that we work with,” said Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Ltd.

The announcement was made at a press conference today which was attended by key members of the faculty of Microsoft’s partner colleges as well as some of Microsoft’s senior engineering mentors.

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 6,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune. Microsoft is committed to touching and transforming lives and businesses in India through technology.

For any media information, please contact:

Debjani Mukherji | +91 9849438749 | debjanim@microsoft.com

Gayatri Ganesh | +91 9703700884 | gayatri.ganesh@bm.com

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Microsoft appoints new leader for its India Development Center

Hyderabad, October 22, 2013: Microsoft today announced the appointment of Anil Bhansali as the new leader of its development center in India and Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd. Anil, who is the General Manager of Cloud and Enterprise engineering teams at the Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC), will now expand his responsibilities to lead MSIDC. He will continue to be based out of Hyderabad. Amit Chatterjee, the current MSIDC leader, is relocating back to Redmond.

Making the announcement, S Somasegar, Corporate Vice-President, Developer Division, Microsoft Corporation, said: “Anil is a 22-year veteran with Microsoft. He spent the first 12 years of his career in Redmond before moving to MSIDC. His appointment is a testament to Microsoft’s leadership talent here in India. Anil brings with him an excellent understanding of Microsoft, its culture and an appreciation of the unique aspects of distributed development. I am confident that under his leadership, MSIDC will continue its role in Microsoft’s distributed development strategy. At the same time, I want to thank Amit for his immense contributions to MSIDC over the years, and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Anil began his career with Microsoft in Redmond in 1991 as part of the Office division where he worked on MS Excel for multiple releases. He was the Partner Development Manager in the Office Shared Services Team that worked on SharePoint Team Services V1.0 and Windows SharePoint Service version 2.0. Anil relocated to India in 2003 as Director of the Windows Live Platforms Services Group. He established and drove several engineering efforts at MSIDC before taking over the engineering leadership of the Windows feature engineering group within MSIDC in 2006.

Anil has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook University.

About Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd

The Microsoft India Development Center of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd commenced operations in Hyderabad in 1998 with about 20 people.  Today, it has a headcount of 2000 plus employees that work closely with product engineering teams from Microsoft Corporation’s headquarters at Redmond, making it one of Microsoft’s largest development centers outside the US. For more details on Microsoft India Development Center’s activities, please visit: www.microsoft.com/india/msidc

Debjani Mukherji

Group PR Manager

Microsoft India Development Center

debjanim@microsoft.com

+91 98494 38749

Gayatri Ganesh

Genesis Burson-Marsteller

gayatri.ganesh@bm.com

+91 97037 00884

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L V Prasad Eye Institute launches Mobility & Sensory Stimulation Park, HelpLine for Visually Impaired

Funded by contributions from Microsoft India Development Center’s employee Giving Campaign

Vijayawada, September 27, 2013: L V Prasad Eye Institute and Microsoft India Development Center(MSIDC) of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd today announced the launch of two new initiatives to support the visually challenged—a Mobility & Sensory Stimulation Park at LVPEI’s Kode Venkatadri Chowdary Campus, Tadigadapa here at Vijayawada and a Helpline at its Kallam Anji Reddy campus in Hyderabad. Both projects were completely funded by monetary contributions received through the Employee Giving Campaign at Microsoft India Development Center.

The projects were jointly launched by Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder & Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute, and Srinivas Prasad, HR Director, Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC). Explaining the potential of these initiatives, Dr Rao said: “Nearly 90 per cent of the world’s visually impaired live in resource poor countries like India. There are over 8 million blind of whom 1 - 2 million are irreversibly blind, and over 54 million people with low vision of whom 10 – 12 million have irreversible low vision across all age groups in India. We at LVPEI have always focused on providing world class comprehensive facilities to prevent blindness and provide vision rehabilitation. While we have made considerable progress in bringing the best of eye care and services to our clients, the unavailability of both these facilities - a Mobility Park and a HelpLine -was deeply felt. But for the support received through our association with MSIDC these two projects wouldn’t have seen the light of the day today.”

Elaborating on MSIDC’s contribution, Srinivas Prasad said: “Every year, Microsoft runs a dedicated global program encouraging employees to give back to the community. Since the year 2000, MSIDC employees have been supporting various social causes they are passionate about. Many of our initiatives align to Microsoft’s long history of commitment to accessibility where the company builds accessibility features into several products and services and partners with others to discover new ways of using technology to transform people’s lives and have a long term impact. Last year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Giving Campaign, we decided to take up eye health and support for the visually challenged as a special initiative, given the long term adverse consequences visual impairment has on a person’s education, employment, mobility, socialization and mental health.”

Sharing more details of this initiative, Prasad said: ”We chose to partner with LVPEI and Sankara Eye Care Institutions, given their commendable achievement in this field. Throughout Giving Campaign 2012 our employees participated in various activities under the guidance of both these institutes to promote awareness and contribute funds for flagship projects. At Sankara via their Gift of Vision and Rainbow programs we supported eye restoration surgeries for close to 2500 people. I am extremely happy to be here today, and thankful to our employees for their generous donations towards such a noble cause.”

The Mobility & Sensory Stimulation Park, one of the rarest in the world, is aimed at serving three important purposes:

  • Expose visually challenged children to non-visual sensory experiences such as touch, hearing, smell, taste and residual vision. It is expected to help improve their body posture, manual dexterity, mental abilities, and communication and socialization skills in a playful manner

  • Teach young adults and elderly people, suffering from visual impairment, universal ‘Orientation and Mobility’ techniques such as long cane techniques, sighted guide techniques, upper and lower body protection for gaining maximum freedom of movement, both indoors and outdoors

  • Sensitize the public to the needs of the visually impaired by encouraging them to take a walk in the park with different vision simulators that envisage various categories of vision loss.

Beula Christy, Head, Dr PRK Prasad Centre for Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired, LVPEI, elaborated how visual impairment can affect the lives of all associated and affected by it. Children with low vision and blindness often experience delay in almost all aspects of growth, leading to low self-confidence, emotional and behavioral stress that lead to poor acceptance by sighted siblings and peers. In adults and the elderly, among the various implications posed by vision loss, mobility is the most adversely affected skill, and this impacts all other areas of independence. Vision rehabilitation can bring about substantial improvements in their lives, but sadly less than 12 per cent of the global population have access to rehabilitation intervention.

Project ‘HelpLine’ aims at providing information and confidence to anyone affected by visual impairment through web and telephone-based counseling and guidance. The helpline services are enabled for people with blindness and/ or low vision, and also meant for their families/ friends and professionals working in the field of disability who may seek guidance on intervention techniques for their clients/ students. Dedicated tele-rehabilitation counselors will attend and resolve queries related to a wide range of topics, such as psychological wellbeing, education and employment opportunities, early intervention and therapeutic intervention techniques, low vision devices, products and technology, independent living skills, advocacy, parenting, leisure and sports, professional courses, training, etc. Anyone can reach the Helpline, open Monday-Saturday, between 9am to 5pm, either by calling +91-40-30612841/2842 or emailing rehabhelpline@lvpei.org.

Congratulating both MSIDC and LVPEI, Dr. S Somasegar, Corporate Vice President, Developer Division, Microsoft Corporation, said, ““I am very happy to see the progress made through our one-year association with LVPEI, and look forward to many more years of collaboration. I hope this partnership will be able to make major improvements in the lives of India’s huge population of visually challenged people. Having gone through some vision issues myself earlier on, I am very excited about this partnership. I am very thankful to everyone who has worked on this project and wish them all the very best for the future.”

About Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd

The Microsoft India Development Center of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd commenced operations in Hyderabad in 1998 with about 20 people. Today, it has a headcount of 2000 plus employees that work closely with product engineering teams from Microsoft Corporation’s headquarters at Redmond, making it one of Microsoft’s largest development centers outside the US. For more details on Microsoft India Development Center’s activities, please visit: www.microsoft.com/india/msidc

About L V Prasad Eye Institute

The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established in 1986-87 at Hyderabad as a not-for-profit, non-government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care institution. LVPEI is governed by two trusts: the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation. The Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Center for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. LVPEI has six active arms to its areas of operations namely Clinical Services, Education, Research, Rehabilitation and Sight Enhancement Services, Eye Bank, and Public Health and Rural Outreach. For more information, visit www.lvpei.org.

For further details, please contact:

Dr Sreedevi Yadavalli

Associate Director and Head – Communications, LVPEI,

Tel: +91 040 23547254, +91 040 30612555

ysreedevi@lvpei.org

Debjani Mukherji 

Group PR Manager, Microsoft India Development Center,

+91 984 943 8749

debjanim@microsoft.com

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Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure announces Final 11 in India

Brings together best of breed mentors from Microsoft and industry to groom startups in a state-of-the-art facility

Bangalore, India, July 26, 2012: Microsoft today announced the final list of 11 select technology startups to be incubated at the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure in Bangalore. The program, which was announced on May 23, received more than 200 applications from early stage startups, with exciting ideas across ecommerce, healthcare, education, digital media, enterprise, cloud infrastructure and mobile. Starting September 3, 2012, the final 11 will be hosted in a 8300 sq ft state-of-the-art facility in Microsoft’s Lavelle Road office, and undergo a four-month deep immersion program under the guidance of the elite mentors from Microsoft and the industry.

Announcing the top 11, Amit Chatterjee, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd, said: “This is a proud moment for us at Microsoft. Given the number and breadth of incredible applications we received in just five weeks, it was a tough job for the panelists to choose the top 11. The next four months will be dedicated to provide them the best workspace, finest infrastructure, elite mentors and all the tools which we feel they need to create the most successful businesses from India.”

The 11 companies are amplyfy.me, Caeruz Ventures, CipherGraph, CloudInfra, Gameizon, HireRabbit, Nowfloats, Plustxt, Sparsha Learning, Whitesharkk and WorldWithoutMe.

“Deep and impactful mentorship is one of the key defining characteristics of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure. While we were accepting applications from startups, we were also finalizing the list of elite mentors from Microsoft and the industry. I am extremely happy to announce that today our program has more than 60 mentors—including senior technical leaders from Microsoft and influential business leaders, venture capitalists and angel investors from the industry who have volunteered to guide the startups through their journey of building successful companies,” Amit added.

S Somasegar, Corporate Vice-President, Developer Division, Microsoft Corporation, was present at the event to welcome the program participants. “I am thrilled to be here today. These are exciting times in the global software industry--we are seeing the dawn of a new way of designing applications powered by Cloud, Internet and Mobile. India has always been one of the earliest adopters of emerging technologies. Innovation is blossoming here, and at the heart of it lies a very strong startup culture. However, while many startups have great ideas that can potentially change the world, they lack some key ingredients that are critical for success--access to technology, strong relevant mentors and networking opportunities with key business leaders and investors. The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure is designed to bridge these gaps,” Soma said.

Congratulating the startups, Soma said: “You should be proud to have made it here. I am sure some amazing companies would be born out of this program. I am waiting for that day when I can look back on today and say I remember when they got started, and look at them now!”

The state-of-the-art Accelerator workspace in Microsoft’s Lavelle Road office was also inaugurated by Amit and Soma. Modeled on the latest thinking in “shared workspaces” which has been hugely successful and popular with global software companies and successful startups and incubators in the US, the area facilitates open collaboration,   sparks creative thinking and promotes innovation. Instead of restricting people to closed rooms or cubicles, it allows them to wander around and bounce ideas off each other. There are no boundaries—instead, all startups leverage each other.

A few breakout areas are provided for informal huddles and mentor sessions. The conference rooms are equipped with the latest communication technologies to facilitate discussions with mentors or other startups in our Accelerators in Beijing and Tel Aviv. The Garage space can be used for community networking sessions and pizza dinners with industry luminaries. Startups work hard and long hours—so for those times when they want to stretch out, watch a movie or just chill, a the Garage is fully equipped with a pantry, a large LCD TV and Kinect games. A gym, games room and cafeteria also help provide the “work/life balance”. For more information, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/india/accelerator

About Microsoft India:

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

Contact:

Debjani Mukherji

debjanim@microsoft.com

+91 98494 38749

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Microsoft employees in Hyderabad now enjoy connectivity on the move

Wi-Fi service launched in buses

Hyderabad, India, June 19, 2012: Microsoft Hyderabad campus today announced the launch of Wi-Fi services in its buses for employees. With this launch, Microsoft becomes one of the few companies in India to extend the Wi-Fi service for the benefit of its employees. The service is available on all the buses and for all the 23 routes that they take.

Microsoft has always ensured that employees have a world class environment with access to the latest innovative technologies and the best possible infrastructure. In keeping with Microsoft’s fast paced, challenging and fun workplace, the Wi-Fi enabled buses will now allow employees to share ideas and collaborate off campus as well. With great Wi-Fi connectivity, employees can also relax and enjoy interactive games promoting greater camaraderie.

Connectivity on buses will help Microsoft employees enjoy better flexibility at work. Microsoft, which recently won the Randstad Award 2012 for “Most Attractive Employer”, for second time in a row, strongly believes in maintaining a healthy work-life balance for its employees.

"Our policies are employee-centric- we are always striving towards making life better for our employees. These Wi-Fi enabled buses will add another dimension to Microsoft’s exceptional work culture,” said Srinivas Prasad, HR Director Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited.

The Wi-Fi connection provided is completely secure and can be used only by the occupants of the bus. Employees will be able to connect to the secure network using a unique password. “Nearly 700 plus employees avail the bus service every day and this new service is bound to increase the numbers,” he added.

About Microsoft India:

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

For further details, please contact:

Gayatri Ganesh

Genesis Burson-Marsteller

gayatri.ganesh@bm.com

+91 97037 00884

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Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure launched in India

Four-month incubation to provide 10 tech startups with all the support needed to do big things in Cloud, Internet & Mobile

Bangalore, India, May 23, 2012: Microsoft announced the launch of the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure (India) here today. The first-such program to be launched by a technology company in India, Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure (India) will host 10 select early-stage startups onsite for four months and take them through a deep immersion program, focused on helping build businesses that take advantage of the Cloud.

Starting today till July 1, 2012, Microsoft will receive online applications from startups. Any application that can be built using the Cloud platform and can operate in any business or market segment is eligible to apply. Ten applicants, selected through a rigorous process of screening, will be invited to join the program in Microsoft’s office in downtown Bangalore, starting September 3, 2012. For the next four months, they will have access to the best workspace, finest infrastructure, top mentors and all the tools needed to create the most successful startups.

The selected startups will also have access to all the resources of Microsoft’s BizSpark program and $60,000 in Azure credit through the Microsoft BizSpark Plus program. They will be able to leverage the unlimited possibilities enabled by an open and flexible cloud platform, the Metro user interface on Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and much more.A key ingredient of this program is the exclusive mentorship and coaching that the startups will receive from successful entrepreneurs and leading Venture Capitalists, and from top technical and business leaders in the industry, as well as at Microsoft.

"The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure is a particularly exciting program and we are thrilled to launch this initiative in India. Through this unique initiative, Microsoft is partnering with leading industry mentors to provide startups with the much needed support they need to innovate and become successful businesses. We are not only providing them technical and business guidance and mentoring, but also connecting them to prospective VCs and investors. The success of this program will be measured by the success of these startups. Microsoft will have no stake in these companies,” said Amit Chatterjee, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd.

Microsoft is in the process of finalizing its roster of mentors from across the Indian technology and business landscape as well as its own leadership base. Registration for the accelerator opened today and startups from all over the world are invited to submit their applications here: http://www.microsoft.com/india/accelerator. The list of 10 shortlisted startups will be announced in July and classes will commence in September. At the end of the 4-month period, Microsoft will organize a Demo day where the startups will pitch their ideas to key industry influencers and to top angel investors and VCs for funding.

About Microsoft India:

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

For more details, contact:

Debjani Mukherji

debjanim@microsoft.com

+91 98494 38749

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microsoft hyderabad joins hands with cyberabad police in spreading traffic awareness among employees

December 20, 2011, Hyderabad:  Microsoft Hyderabad today announced the successful completion of TOFFEE (Total Offense Free Entity), a traffic awareness initiative organized by Hyderabad campus employees in association with the Cyberabad police. TOFFEE is a certificate issued by the Cyberabad Police in the form of a sticker, which exempts its holder from being stopped for routine document checks by the traffic police within the Cyberabad Police jurisdiction. At a function held at the Microsoft Hyderabad campus, the Commissioner of Police, CH. D. Tirumala Rao distributed 246 TOFFEE certificates to the company employees.

This citizenship effort is one of its kind and unique in India, initiated by the employees of an MNC in association with the traffic police. It was started by a Microsoft employee in Hyderabad who is passionate about safe driving, and who involved other like-minded colleagues to volunteer for this effort. As part of the campaign, Microsoft employees in Hyderabad were encouraged to submit relevant documents such as copies of the Registration Certificate (RC), lifetime tax paid receipt (for non AP registered vehicles), insurance certificate, driving license (if the vehicle is not self-driven, the driving license of the driver), and a valid pollution under control certificate (PUC). Their driving was monitored over a period of time by the volunteers to ensure they followed traffic rules.

Based on the recommendations of the volunteers, the Cyberabad Traffic Police issued Toffee Certification with a validity period of one year. Vehicles with TOFFEE certification will not be stopped for normal/ routine checks by the Cyberabad Traffic Police within its limits. Moreover, the entire process is automated and participants will receive alerts for renewing their PUC, insurance etc., well in advance.

Commenting on this initiative, Commissioner of Police, CH. D. Tirumala Rao, said, “This campaign places special emphasis on getting the right documentation in place and by supporting this initiative we aim at spreading awareness on traffic rules and encourage people to be law abiding”.

"We sincerely hope that, through this campaign, we have contributed towards improving awareness about the basics of road safety and traffic laws. We are thankful to Microsoft Hyderabad campus for coming up with this idea, and will be glad to support similar initiatives from other companies should they be interested,” he added.

The TOFFEE program was initiated by Anumod Thomas, an employee at Microsoft Hyderabad campus. Explaining how he came up with the idea, Anumod said, “Shocked at the number of traffic related offences and accidents which were happening in the IT hub of Hyderabad, I decided to take up this initiative. When I floated the idea, I was soon joined by some colleagues who shared similar concerns. The company fully supported me in making this endeavor successful. I am extremely thrilled and hope that other companies in Cyberabad will also take up this initiative. This will go a long way in making Cyberabad a better and safer place.”

About Microsoft Hyderabad

Microsoft’s Hyderabad campus houses Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd and Microsoft Global Delivery. Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd (MIRPL) is one of Microsoft Corporation’s largest R&D centers outside its headquarters in Redmond, focused on engineering for both external and internal software products. Microsoft Services Global Delivery is the global delivery organization of Microsoft Services worldwide. In just six years of its operations, Global Delivery has established a global footprint by delivering cutting edge services solutions to leading enterprises across the world.

For further details, please contact:

Parvathy Jaya / Sneha Sunder

Genesis Burson-Marsteller

+91 99620 67989/ +91 96423 20033

parvathy.jaya@bm.com/ sneha.sunder@bm.com

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hyderabad campus celebrates the success of giving campaign 2011

Hyderabad, December 08, 2011: Employees of Microsoft Hyderabad campus celebrated the successful completion of its eleventh annual Giving Campaign today. The grand finale celebrations included a line-up of entertainment put up by employees along with performances by kids from NGOs and a karaoke on some hit Hindi film numbers by the leadership teams. 

A very successful effort within Microsoft, the annual Giving Campaign is a month-long initiative that is being conducted in Hyderabad since the year 2000. During this period, employees partner with NGOs to participate in various activities aimed at addressing diverse social causes and improving the lives of the less privileged. Giving Campaign is a dedicated time to raise awareness and generate contributions for non-profit organizations. Microsoft matches employee contributions up to a fixed amount per employee and distributes amongst all recipient organizations.

The 2011 annual Giving Campaign, which started on November 8, gave 3000 plus Microsoft Hyderabad employees the opportunity to partner with several NGOs and contribute towards causes they believe in. NGOs were invited on campus to raise awareness about their activities and garner support from employees. Over the last one month, employees not only made significant monetary contributions but also spent time with the less privileged to understand their needs, and bring joy and hope to them.

Some of the key highlights of this year’s Giving Campaign activities are:

Teaching Computer Skills to teachers: This is a brand new initiative introduced this year. Based on Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum, this program was designed to help teachers of less privileged schools improve their basic understanding of computers so that they can impart essential IT skills to their students. More than 30 teachers who teach hearing impaired children benefited from this program and received certifications from our employees who conducted the training on campus.

Celebrating Children’s Day: On November 14, on the occasion of Children’s Day, employees hosted 100+ kids from the under privileged community and shared a day of fun, frolic and learning with them. These kids, who came from various schools associated with NGO, participated in activities as diverse as playing games on Microsoft Kinect, and fun activities such as  Catch the Bus, Pass the Ball, Coin in the Bucket and Lemon in Spoon Race. The goody bags distributed to the kids had notebooks, stickers, labels, etc which were made out of recycled paper. Employees talked to the kids about the importance of environment conservation and waste recycling while handing over the goody bags to them.

Mentoring the Girl Child: This was a two-day activity. More than 50 girls studying in classes VI to IX from less privileged schools benefited from this program. On the first day, the kids came to  campus and attended workshops on communication skills, importance of hygiene in daily life (imparted by our campus dietician), importance of fitness and a session on aerobics (by our campus instructor). On the second day, volunteers visited their school and spent time talking to the girls on their dream careers and how they need to prepare to realize their dreams, helped them with their studies and also educated them on the importance of first aid in daily life.

Spending a Day with Visually Impaired kids: Around 50 visually impaired kids from a local blind school visited our campus. Volunteers spent time with the kids, participating in various fun and learning activities. The kids not only shared their dreams and aspirations with the employees but also put up an amazing cultural performance which left the audience spellbound.

Commenting on this great initiative, Srinivas Prasad, HR Director, said: “The tradition of giving is a way of life for Microsoft employees and it is their commitment and passion that drives this event year on year. In 2010, employees at our Hyderabad campus spent close to 2000 person hours on community. We expect this year’s Giving Campaign to be a great success as well.”

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in 10 cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

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microsoft opens new R&D facility in bangalore

To house both Microsoft India Development Center and Microsoft Research India

Bangalore, July 26, 2011: Microsoft today announced its new state-of-the-art R&D facility situated in the heart of Bangalore’s business district. This 1,54,000 sq ft building will house the Bangalore Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) team that contributes to Microsoft Corp’s adCenter technologies, as well as the researchers from Microsoft Research India. Microsoft’s first R&D center was set up in Hyderabad in 1998, while Microsoft Research India was established in Bangalore in 2005.

Inaugurating the building, Qi Lu, President, Online Services Division, Microsoft Corp, said: “For the last one decade India has been a key player in Microsoft’s strategy of global shared development. The availability of world class talent, advanced infrastructure and proximity to the booming emerging markets of the world are key reasons behind this. The decision to set up our second R&D center in Bangalore reinforces Microsoft’s commitment towards India.”

“Last April, we had announced the extension of our engineering efforts to Bangalore as part of the Search alliance between Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. The process of transition is now complete. With the combined strength of Yahoo and Microsoft Corp’s Search marketplace, we are ready to deliver greater and improved innovation for consumers, better volume and efficiency for advertisers and better monetization opportunities for web publishers. The Bangalore team has a charter to make significant engineering contributions to Microsoft Corp’s adCenter product,” Qi said.

“Bangalore has been our home ever since we established the Microsoft Research India lab, and moving to the new, larger lab space is indicative of the increasing interest in research in the country. The design of the space continues our quest to provide a comfortable working environment that encourages creativity and collaboration while being energy efficient and environment friendly,” said P. Anandan, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research India.

“The last one year has been an exciting and exhilarating journey for the entire team. Apart from ensuring that the Yahoo India employees who joined Microsoft India R&D have a smooth transition and the combined team has a strong engineering charter, we also worked hard on designing our new home. It is indeed gratifying to see the journey finally conclude with our move to Vigyan at Cosmo Lavelle,” Sanjay Anand, General Manager, adCenter team at Bangalore MSIDC, said.

About Microsoft India R&D

Microsoft India R&D plays an important role in contributing to innovation at Microsoft – its development teams work closely with the key product families of Microsoft Corp and makes it one of the software giant’s largest research and development centers outside Redmond. It commenced its R&D activities in Hyderabad in 1998 with about 20 people. Today, it has a headcount of 3900 plus people contributing to global and internal product engineering for Microsoft Corp, and people in its Global Technology Support Center at Bangalore. For more details on its product development activities please visit:

http://www.microsoft.com/india/msidc

www.microsoft.com/india/gtsc

About Microsoft Research India:

Microsoft Research India, which began operations in January 12, 2005, is Microsoft Corp.’s third basic research facility established outside the United States. The mission of Microsoft Research India spans several objectives: to conduct long-term research in both basic and applied areas; collaborate with Indian research institutions and universities as part of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to accelerating innovation in computer science and software engineering; and engage with partners in industry, academia and government to open new opportunities for economic growth and consumer choice.

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microsoft india R&D expands product development activities to bangalore

Bangalore, April 1, 2010: Microsoft India R&D, which already has a development center in Hyderabad, today announced the expansion of its development activities to Bangalore. Product Development and Applied Research in the cutting edge areas of Web Search and Online Advertising will be the focus of the Bangalore team. It will initially have 200 plus employees, vast majority of whom would transition to Microsoft from Yahoo! as part of the Microsoft-Yahoo! Search alliance.

Addressing the media, Satya Nadella, Senior Vice-President, R&D, Online Services Division (OSD), Microsoft, said: “The Bangalore center joins Hyderabad as one of the core hubs of development and research for OSD. The innovations from our Hyderabad team are already having significant impact on our US, UK, Canada, Australia and India products. The combined skills and talent of our existing OSD team at Hyderabad and the Yahoo! employees who join us now in Bangalore will enhance India’s contribution to our OSD innovation charter inclusive of Microsoft Bing and Microsoft adCenter.”

“We are confident that once the transition is completed, the companies’ unified search marketplace will deliver even greater and improved innovation for consumers, better volume and efficiency for advertisers and better monetization opportunities for web publishers,” Satya added.

Srini Koppolu, Corporate Vice-President and Managing Director, Microsoft India R&D, said: “Over the last 11 years, we made significant R&D contributions to Microsoft from India, engineering several products that empower customers worldwide. Our development center has become the destination for the “best and the brightest” talent of India, and we are very excited to welcome on board the group of talented engineers from Yahoo! who will further strengthen our talent base. In Hyderabad, we will continue to grow our existing development efforts that are aligned to major Microsoft lines of business. In Bangalore, the initial focus would be on R&D in Search and Online Advertising technologies.”

About Microsoft India R&D

Microsoft India R&D plays an important role in contributing to innovation at Microsoft – its development teams work closely with the key product families of Microsoft and makes it one of the software giant’s largest research and development centers outside Redmond. It commenced its R&D activities in Hyderabad in 1998 with about 20 people under the leadership of Srini Koppolu. Today, it has a headcount of 1500 plus people doing global product engineering for Microsoft. For more details on its product development activities please visit:

http://www.microsoft.com/india/msidc

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microsoft appoints new managing director for MSIDC

Announces that Srini Koppolu is leaving the company

Hyderabad, August 31, 2010 – Microsoft today announced the appointment of Amit Chatterjee as the new Managing Director of its development center in India as Srini Koppolu, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director, is leaving in September 2010 after spending 21 years with the company. Amit, who is the General Manager for the Visual Studio Test and Lab Management team at Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC), has been with Microsoft for the past 22 years and will now expand his responsibilities to lead MSIDC. He will continue to be based out of Hyderabad and will report to S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Division, Microsoft Corporation.

Making the announcement, Somasegar, said: “Srini’s contributions to Microsoft’s growth in India and global R&D are immeasurable.  After spending nine years in Redmond, Srini returned to India to set up MSIDC in 1998, driven by his passion for the country and his faith in its talent.   Starting with only 20 people working on two products, he grew the center over the past 12 years to over 1500 people working on 20 product groups. Under his tenure, MSIDC has driven end to end engineering of several Microsoft products, in addition to doing shared development work for our other major products. The innovative work done by MSIDC teams has contributed to the filing of over 270 patents for Microsoft Corp in the past five years.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Reflecting back on his 21 years with Microsoft, Srini remarked: “It has been an extremely satisfying and fulfilling experience to contribute to a company which truly impacts billions of lives across the world. The experience of creating and growing the center over the last 12 years has been intense and magical. Many people played significant roles in helping build this great organization. Now that India is firmly put on Microsoft’s global development map, the time has come to pursue my passion to contribute to education and the startup ecosystem. Having spent some time working with Soma and the organization to identify the right leader, I am super confident that Amit and the leadership team will take MSIDC to greater heights. With a feeling of great pride, achievement and optimism, I bid farewell to this incredible company.”

Welcoming Amit, Somasegar added: “Amit’s appointment is a testament to our leadership talent here in India. Amit brings with him an excellent understanding of Microsoft, our product development lifecycles and an appreciation of the unique aspects of distributed and shared development. We are confident that he will continue to grow and build on the great innovation and product development culture of the development teams here.”

Amit, as the MD of MSIDC, will be a member of the leadership team of Microsoft India and  will work with Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft India, to leverage the combined capabilities and assets of Microsoft here in India to enhance our overall image,  develop talent and energize the IT ecosystem in India.     

Commenting on his appointment, Amit said: “I am very excited by this additional responsibility. MSIDC is an important part of Microsoft’s product innovation and development lifecycle and I look forward to working with my peers and colleagues in the leadership team to grow and nurture our talent amidst the unique innovation culture of Microsoft.”

Amit, who is currently the General Manager of the Visual Studio Test & Lab Management team at MSIDC, has been with Microsoft since 1988. Like Srini, he spent the first few years of his stint in Microsoft at Redmond, as a key member of the Windows team that shipped Windows 2.1, 3.0, 3.1 and '95, after which he joined the Direct Show and Direct X Media product teams. He joined MSIDC in 1998 and has had a variety of roles including being the General Manager for the Windows Technologies group. He took over as the General Manager of the Visual Studio Test Business at MSIDC in the year 2007.

Amit completed his Master’s in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur after graduating in Electronics from the same university. He received the President of India Gold Medal for the ‘Best Graduating Engineer’ in 1984 and the Technology Alumni Association Gold Medal for topping the post graduate class of 1985. He was recently conferred the IIT Kharagpur Distinguished Alumnus Award 2010.

About Microsoft India Development Centre

Microsoft India Development Center plays an important role in contributing to innovation at Microsoft—its development teams work closely with key product families of Microsoft, making it one of the software giant’s largest development centers outside Redmond. MSIDC was set up in Hyderabad in 1998 with about 20 people under the leadership of Srini Koppolu. Today, MSIDC has over1500 people doing global product engineering for Microsoft out of Hyderabad and Bangalore. For more details please visit:

http://www.microsoft.com/india/msidc

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in 13 cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

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