Yahoo sets up India development centre

Yahoo has set up a software development centre in Bangalore to focus on the development of new products and technologies.

Yahoo has set up a software development centre in Bangalore to focus on the development of new products and technologies.

The centre is the first research and development centre set up outside the US by Yahoo, and is expected to have 150 engineers by the end of next year. Some product development work has already begun there.

"The decision to set up this centre in Bangalore was based on our need to scale our software R&D efforts, and also tap into the large English speaking and technically competent talent pool in India," said Venkat Panchapakesan, chief executive officer of Yahoo Software Development India.

"Yahoo is also taking a global approach to product innovation and support," he added.  "Until now, we were sitting in the US and planning products and services for other countries. The India centre will help us better understand other cultures and countries, and develop appropriate products and services."

The Bangalore centre will also customise existing Yahoo products, as well as offering 24/7 support on premium services offered by Yahoo.

Areas of focus include data mining and data engineering for handling terabytes of data, e-commerce applications, search algorithms to improve the relevancy of the Yahoo search engine, enhancing the HotJobs platform for online recruitment, network services, and enterprise portal software development.

John Ribeiro writes for IDG News Service

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