Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tech's Faster Boat to China

"INNOVATION ECONOMY. Microsoft's Beijing engineers are also working on new ways of organizing digital photos and searching online videos, among other cutting-edge projects. Now Shum boasts about the capabilities of his Chinese staff. 'I'm so confident that we can do first-class research in China,' he says. 'In a few years, we've been able to train a generation who can compete on a global stage.'

While Shum and other Microsoft officials have good reason to talk up their Beijing operation -- the hope is that Chinese officials will crack down on software piracy and help boost Windows sales in the world's biggest country -- other companies are similarly bullish about China's potential as an R&D hot spot. As the government pushes to build an innovation economy, its leaders are looking to companies such as Microsoft to help clear the way."

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