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Dow Jones/Yahoo!: Microsoft, HP Sign Technology Agreements With China

Mar 11, 2004, 17:30 (12 Talkback[s])

"U.S.-based Microsoft Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. Thursday signed separate agreements with China's Ministry of Information Industry to provide equipment, support and training to help in the development of the country's software industry...

"Under the MII's memorandum of cooperation with HP, HP will provide CNY200 million [US$23.8 million/€19.4 million] worth of software, hardware, training and technical support over three years for a lab to develop and test software based on the Linux platform, HP said in a statement.

"The Microsoft and HP labs will focus on providing support to small and medium- sized domestic software companies in their research and development of applications..."

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