Microsoft and CHT Sign MOU
This strategic alliance will allow CHT to leverage Microsoft’s platforms and technologies in delivering convenient, value-added mobile and cloud services, bringing higher efficiency to enterprise users and convenient, smart digital user experiences to consumers.
The MOU signaling the beginning of a collaboration on software applications and cloud services for end-user devices was signed by Simon Leung, corporate vice president, chairman and CEO of Microsoft Greater China Region, and Shyue-Ching Lu, chairman and CEO of CHT, in the presence of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
According to Microsoft, the collaboration between the company and CHT on cloud services focuses on three areas, software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
The company has said that CHT will become the company’s local telecom partner in providing Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) online services.
The company has said that both the companies will conduct technology exchange in the area of public cloud computing. CHT will work with Microsoft in the Windows Azure Platform Metro Early Adoption Program. Through technology collaboration and support from the Microsoft Innovation Center, CHT will develop and deploy early adoption of cloud services on the Windows Azure platform and offer these services to consumers and enterprise users.
The company has added that in the form of technology sharing with CHT, the company will introduce the professional technology named Microsoft Global Foundation Services and Dynamic Data Center Toolkit. This joint effort enables CHT to provide optimized dynamic datacenter cloud services on the basis of energy conservation, reduction of carbon footprint, power savings, space savings, and enhancement of cloud resource monitoring and management.
The company has also added that in addition to cloud services, CHT and the company will leverage the many opportunities created by the worldwide launch of Windows 7 and are planning to take further cooperative efforts for the three screens- PC, smartphone and TV - with the goal of enabling users to enjoy the convenience that modern technology brings.
In the area of PCs, CHT will build the company’s products and technologies including Windows Gadget, customized applications such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and Microsoft Silverlight technology into netbooks, enabling end consumers to enjoy these applications and services directly upon turning on their netbook.
The two parties will work together on built-in, customized, value-added service interfaces for Windows phones as well. CHT and the company also plan to cooperate in the area of digital home entertainment application services for at-home TV users.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said: “Microsoft and Chunghwa Telecom have a strong partnership based on a shared vision for delivering great products and services that enable our customers to take full advantage of mobile technology at work and at home, we’re expanding the scope of our collaboration because CHT is a great partner in these efforts and because we are committed to working closely with companies in Taiwan to help strengthen the Taiwanese IT industry.”
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