Microsoft to fund Russian tech center

In addition to building a software development center for its own efforts, the software maker will embark on collaborative research projects with Russian and foreign universities.

Microsoft will build a major software development center in Skolkovo, Russia's would-be Silicon Valley.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive officer, signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with Viktor Vekselberg, the president of the Skolkovo Fund, the software maker said.

In addition to building the software development center for its own efforts, Microsoft will embark on a series of collaborative research projects with Russian and foreign universities, provide further assistance for Russian technology start-up companies, build a technology testing center for companies in Skolkovo, and help to support and develop aspects of the Skolkovo technology university's curriculum.

Read more of "Microsoft puts funds into Russian technology centre" at ZDNet UK.

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