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Hyderabad: Microsoft Corp. has appointed Anil Bhansali as managing director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd, one of the operating system maker’s largest development centres outside of its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, the company said on Tuesday.

Bhansali, who was general manager of the cloud and enterprise engineering team at Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC), replaces Amit Chatterjee, who is relocating to the company’s headquarters in the US.

Bhansali will head Microsoft’s development centre in India and will be based out of Hyderabad, home to MSIDC, the company said in a statement.

“I am confident that under his leadership, MSIDC will continue its role in Microsoft’s distributed development strategy," S. Somasegar, corporate vice-president of developer division at Microsoft Corp, said in the statement.

Over 2,000 employees in India worked closely with product engineering teams at the Microsoft’s headquarters to develop products such as Bing (search engine), Windows Azure (cloud computing), Windows Store (for applications), Microsoft Office suite, Lync (instant messenger for corporates), Windows Server operating system, Exchange, SharePoint, and speech technologies, according to the company’s website.

Prior to the elevation, Bhansali was driving the Windows feature engineering group within MSIDC. During his 22 years with the company, he worked on various Microsoft products such as MS Excel, SharePoint Team Services version 1.0 and Windows SharePoint Service version 2.0. He relocated to India in 2003 as director of the Windows Live Platforms Services Group.

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