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Microsoft and China Standard Software Co. plan to work together develop and sell cloud cloud computing technologies in the country. The companies announced the agreement last night.

China Standard Software, also known as CS2C, is described as the country’s leading Linux vendor. The products resulting from the partnership will be built on Microsoft’s Hyper-V Open Cloud architecture and offer the ability to run CS2C’s NeoKylin Linux Server products, the companies say.

It’s not Microsoft’s first collaboration with a Linux vendor, but it’s an interesting strategy by the Redmond company to tap into the growing market for cloud computing in China.

The companies say they will also open a lab in Beijing to help their business customers make the move to cloud computing, replacing or supplementing their own servers.

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