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Microsoft Picks Beijing for New R&D Lab

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Science  13 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5392, pp. 1235-1237
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5392.1235b

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BEIJING-- Microsoft Corp. is making a major research investment to help it capture and retain a large chunk of China's fast-growing computer business. Last week, the software giant announced that it will open a research center in Beijing, and it pledged to spend $80 million over 6 years to make computers more user friendly for speakers of Chinese, including voice recognition, information retrieval, and machine translation systems. The Beijing facility is the second overseas venture established by Microsoft Research, a $200 million division of the Redmond, Washington-based company.