Here’s some good news! Currently, a lot is to be desired in the quality of locally developed enterprise mobile applications. It is comforting to know that, at last, Microsoft would be setting up a local R&D in the philippines and would initially focus on enterprise mobile applications.
DLSU, Microsoft put up R&D facility
By Alexander Villafania
Last updated 07:36pm (Mla time) 09/22/2006
THE De La Salle University recently partnered with Microsoft Philippines to put up the first Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) in the Philippines.
The MIC will serve as a research and development laboratory for faculty and students of the DLSU College of Computer Studies (CSS). It will feature Microsoft development applications for the mobile platform.
The MIC will initially focus on R&D of programming tools or content publishing tools, enterprise-level mobile security and productivity tools.
Microsoft Southeast Asia President Chris Atkinson said mobile applications are becoming a major trend among enterprises, which points to the showcasing of mobile development applications in the DLSU MIC.
Atkinson said the company would like to explore opportunities in putting up its next MICs in other schools. "But we want to make sure first that the first MIC will be a success.”
DLSU CSS Dean Caslon Chua said the MIC will not be limited to just mobile platform development but could be used by students and faculty to develop applications desktop and server platform.
Though the MIC is not built as a business incubator, Chua said projects developed in the MIC can be reviewed for possible business ventures.
"Our focus is to give our students an opportunity to develop innovative applications that could perhaps have future benefits," Chua said.