Microsoft launched its CityNext initiative more than a year ago and since then they have partnered to work with number of cities in various countries around the world. Today, Microsoft highlighted their work in China regarding their CityNext initiative. The Microsoft CityNext initiative enables Microsoft to offer deeper and better service to Chinese cities by engaging our vast ecosystem of partners to enable cities to do both “more with less” and “New with Less.” By transforming their existing infrastructure and investments, connecting and streamlining operations across many city functions, and engaging citizens and businesses in solving their toughest challenges, Microsoft CityNext is accelerating innovation and opportunities for cities globally.
Based on local understandings of Chinese urbanization, Microsoft is working closely with several Chinese cities to solve immediate challenges while laying the foundation for the future. For example, in December 2013, the administrative committee of the Xi Xian New District of Shaanxi Province and Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in which both parties agreed to cooperate in areas such as technology popularization, industry upgrading, IT professional training, startup incubation, and infrastructure development. In addition, Microsoft will support 60 local software development and internet service enterprises in their startup years, providing support for sustainable economic development.
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