More Microsoft news from China, the software giant is teaming up with notebook manufacturer Lenovo to create a research and development lab. The lab, which will focus on mobile devices and software to run on them, is a way for Microsoft to try and get a stronger hold on the Chinese market:

"Today's announcement signifies another step in Microsoft's continuing efforts to build stronger collaborations with local partners, and foster a flourishing innovation ecosystem in China," Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie said in a statement.
Obviously, they have high hopes for the region, despite the obscenely large piracy rate. If they want to solve that, however, teaming up with Chinese based companies is a good move. At the new center, Microsoft and Lenovo will share costs and share intellectual property that is developed there, giving both companies an advantage.