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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Microsoft enters the Korean Robotics Market

Korea IT Times reports Microsoft's enterance of the Korean robotics software market. which is most active in commercializing intelligent robots.

Micosoft plans to open for the first time a MS-Robotics website for a non-English speaking country. The Robotics business unit of Microsoft even sent an employee to be exclusively engaged in the Korean market.

Microsoft also announced that it would set up a professional community by supplying robotics SW to 100,000 software developers in Korea, which is a similar practice to facilitating the global PC market in the past thanks to open software developed by individuals in the early stages of the PC industry.

Microsoft will have promotion events at 13 universities nationwide starting next month, and support various robotics software competition. It will also launch 4 to 5 robotics platforms for developers in cooperation with 6 domestic robotics partners such as Yujin Robotics and Micro Robot. The Intelligent Robotics Department of Mokwon University has already included the MS robotics-SW into its curriculum for the first semester of next year.

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