Indian touch to Microsoft Windows 7 innovation

Even though Windows 7 is developed by Microsoft teams located in Ireland and Redmond, Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) based in Hyderabad also made significant contributions to it.

The Windows team at MSIDC developed some of the key innovative networking and connectivity features in Windows 7, including Mobile Broadband and VPN Reconnect that enables a user to stay connected to corporate network while on the move even if internet connection changes.  Apart from connectivity features, Applets & Gadgets team at MSIDC used several platform technologies and Gadget Platform to develop applications such as Paint, Calculator, WordPad, Notepad, Sticky Notes and Gadgets for Windows 7.  The Virtualisation team worked on Windows Virtual PC, latest Microsoft virtualisation technology for Windows 7.

Microsoft India Windows & Windows Live Group General Manager Anil Bhansali said working in distributed teams, where team members do not get to meet each other often, but have to continuously collaborate and communicate to develop the product, was a big challenge for us.”  MSIDC is one of largest product development centre of Microsoft outside its headquarters in Redmond with more than 1500 people. It is working on more than 20 focus areas around six key domains like data, tools, mobile, Windows, Windows Live and Business Applications (Biz Apps), besides technologies and solutions to deepen computing penetration in emerging markets around the globe, through its Emerging Markets Labs (EM Labs) initiative. “Our teams have engineered several end-to-end products, features and technologies that impact millions of customers around the world such as biztalk RFID mobile, velocity, data protection manager and visual studio team system,” said Bhansali.

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