Microsoft has set up a lab in Bangalore where industry, government, and educational institutions can build test applications for their interoperability with open-source and other technologies.
The company also announced Thursday an Open Source Technology Program with four Indian academic institutions. The program will encourage student projects across diverse areas including interoperability between Windows and Linux platforms, said Ravi Venkatesan, chairman of Microsoft India. Venkatesan spoke at an Interoperability Enclave in Bangalore, which representatives of government, academia, and industry attended.
The problem of interoperability is a serious one for customers, and includes not only diverse technologies from different vendors, but sometimes products from the same company, said Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer.
"Sometimes older versions of Microsoft's products do not interoperate well with our more recent products," Mundie said.