Microsoft Innovation Centers are operating in 60 countries around the world. In Russia there are several such centers on the basis of the largest universities in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Tomsk, Kazan and Kaliningrad. Opening of the Center for Innovation is part of Microsoft's initiative to accelerate the development of the Russian software industry.

Microsoft Innovation Centre of Kazan University is a unique platform for teaching students and course participants Microsoft company’s technologies. We actively train and retrain IT-specialists in the form of workshops, courses and master classes.

Main task of the Centre is to establish cooperation between enterprises possessing powerful IT-infrastructure, small- and medium scale IT-companies, higher education institutions, governmental and public organisations in the sphere of research, development, introduction and commercialization of a wide circle of joint projects on Microsoft platform, especially innovation, science-intensive and interdisciplinary projects.

Reference information: Microsoft is one of the largest transnational companies  producing software for various types of computing machinery – personal computers, game consoles, pocket PCs, mobile phones. It is the developer of Windows operating system – the most popular software in the world.