Microsoft is cloudy on Taiwanese R&D plan

During a visit to Taipei, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer signed an agreement with the Taiwan economic ministry to jointly establish a research center there. The facility will be called the “Software and Services Excellence Center” and it should open in about a year. But Ballmer provided few other details.

A joint statement indicated the center would focus on cloud computing, but Ballmer would say only that “We need to keep our ability to really work with our ODM (original design manufacturing) and OEM (original equipment manufacturing) partners on what the devices will look like.” At least, that is how Reuters recorded it.

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