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Joint government venture to help local electronics makers

Microsoft to set up Taiwanese research centre

Microsoft and the Taiwanese government have agreed to jointly set up a cloud computing centre in the country by the end of the year, ahead of the company’s $9.5 billion research and development drive in 2010.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the software giant today signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs establish the Software and Services Excellence Center, but the size of the investment was not disclosed.

Ming-Ji Wu, director general of the economic ministry’s Department of Industrial Technology, said the centre will be set up before the end of the year.

In a statement to the WSJ, Microsoft said the venture is aimed at helping local electronics makers develop cloud-related devices and services.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told reporters in Taipei that the firm plans to spend $9.5 billion on research and development in 2010, with a substantial part going towards cloud computing technologies.

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