Microsoft plans big for .NET in India

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Tuesday, 29 June 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: While Microsoft, the world's largest software company, is rapidly scaling up its development activities in India, it is simultaneously looking to lure as many members of the 500,000-odd developer community towards its .NET technology as possible, reports a business daily.

Dilip Mistry, a senior official at MS India's .NET and developer evangelism team, told the daily that 60% developers today use MS technology. They are spread across software services companies, product firms (called independent software vendors) and enterprise developers who use .Net to build their own applications.

Microsoft .NET is a set of software technologies to connect people to various systems and devices. This technology is based on web services, which are applications that can connect to each other as well as to other larger applications over the Internet.

There are an estimated 400 projects operating on .NET.

Another key focus for the firm are future developers. In India, it is estimated that there are over 2,000 engineering and MCA colleges churning out over 1.6 lakh students annually. "In the first year, students are perhaps most hungry and its easiest to bring them aboard," Mistry said.

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