Mumbai: Microsoft Corporation India and HCL Infosystems have joined hands to set up a new centre of excellence (CoE). The two also announced the launch of world's cheapest ultra portable laptop.
Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed.
The proposed centre of excellence, which will be set up within HCL's facilities at Noida will employ over 500 software professional. It will develop IT solutions and deploy Microsoft technologies for the domestic market in the areas of telecom, banking and financials, power, defence, retail and others, HCL stated.
The two companies will also collaborate to train and certify 50,000 students on Microsoft technologies in the next three years across 100 training centres.
The Microsoft-HCL partnership is targeted at creating employment for students and help the Indian IT industry retain its competitive edge.
The second initiative in the partnership is the launch of the new small laptop, to be marketed under the MiLeap brand of HCL laptops.
The laptop, which weighs a mere 0.98kg will operate on Windows XP Home edition platfom and is powered by the Intel processor and Intel 945 GU Express chipset.
A 7-inch TFT colour screen that comes with the laptop can be rotated, and folded to form a writing pad. Users can write on the screen with the stylus and convert it to text.
Other features include a 1.3 mega pixel webcam, touch screen panel, and 1GB DDR2 RAM. In addition, the laptop also includes a built-in touchpad with two click buttons for left and right click operations, scroll, directional pads, dedicated softkeys for launching the media player and built-in speakers. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi and integrated LAN.
The new MiLeap Windows XP powered laptop will be priced at Rs16,990.