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REDMOND, Washington (


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signed an agreement to develop products and services for the cloud-computing market in China.

The software giant, in a statement Tuesday, said it signed the deal with

China Standard Software

, a provider of Linux operating systems. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Microsoft said the primary goal of the agreement was to "provide public and private cloud solutions to a diverse array of industries through a rich partner ecosystem."

The companies will sell the cloud-computing solutions to large enterprise clients such as online retailers, banks and government ministries, Sandy Gupta, general manager of Open Source Solutions Group at Microsoft, told reporters,

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The agreement could serve as a model for Microsoft to introduce similar cloud-computing projects in other emerging markets, Gupta said,



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