Microsoft Open Technologies, a fully owned subsidiary of Microsoft, has long been the company’s main vehicle for reaching out to the open source community. Its main mission is to build technical bridges between Microsoft’s products and open source projects. To allow it to more efficiently work with the fast-growing Chinese market, Open Tech is opening its first international office in Shanghai today, which itself is a fully owned subsidiary of Microsoft Open Tech in the U.S.
As Gianugo Rabellino, the senior director of Open Source Communities at MS Open Tech, told me earlier this week, the idea here is to continue the work that the team has always done. This means reaching out to local open source communities and attending and organizing events. “What we have learned over the years is that it’s not just about events,” he noted. “It’s about day-to-day work with the organizations and engaging with the community.”
In Rabellino’s view, China…
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