The company announces a litany of agreements and deals with Chinese business and government agencies.
Microsoft unveiled a slate of agreements with Chinese businesses and government agencies on Wednesday, including a deal that will make China’s largest search engine the default home page for Microsoft’s new Edge browser in the country.
Baidu will be both the home page and default search engine for Microsoft Edge, the browser the Redmond company introduced with its new Windows 10 operating system. In exchange, Baidu will offer a tool to help Chinese consumers download and install Windows 10.
The deals, announced in a blog post Wednesday, coincided with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. Xi is set to tour Microsoft’s campus Wednesday afternoon.
Microsoft will partner with some Chinese information technology vendors to offer Microsoft’s network of data storage and remote processing power to state-owned companies, and Chinese phone maker Xiaomi will adopt Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing program to power some services for its users.
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Other deals include agreements to work with local governments on technology issues, and an agreement with a technology vendor to explore offering support packages for Windows 10 to government institutions.