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Microsoft to share revised research process with Taiwan developers

Microsoft to share revised research process with Taiwan developers

Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Microsoft Corp. (??) is scheduled to host a forum with Taiwanese developers Thursday to share how the U.S. software giant has revised its research and development processes in a transition into a cloud services provider. More than 200 general managers and research directors of Taiwanese software companies have been invited to attend the forum in Taipei, where Julia Liuson (???), a corporate vice president at Microsoft's Developer Division, will discuss her company's new corporate guidelines. Liuson told a pre-event media briefing that the new guidelines include "embracing a challenger mindset," "continuing learning" and "focusing on customer demand." Embracing a "challenger mindset" means that Microsoft will seek to work with not only small and medium-sized enterprise partners in the industry but also with more heavyweights such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc., which might have competed against Microsoft in the past, Liuson said. Also, Microsoft plans to learn from startup companies in Silicon Valley about how to improve its work efficiency using a simplified research process, as well as to offer real-time solutions for customers using Microsoft products such as the Office suite, she added. Microsoft has been moving away from former CEO Steve Ballmer's focus on "devices and services" toward new CEO Satya Nadella's "mobile-first, cloud-first" vision, in an attempt to drive the next growth for the world's largest software company. One example is that Microsoft has released a new version of Office for iPhones, iPads and Android tablets for free to keep consumers hooked on Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The company is seeking to monetize from the free Office version for consumers through in-app subscriptions that enables premium features. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 23:14 GMT+08:00