Microsoft Corporation develops and markets a wide range of products and services including operating systems for computers, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising.
The Microsoft Israel R&D Center is one of Microsoft's most strategic R&D centers outside of the United States. It is comprised of product groups in the areas of security, telecommunications, and internet technologies. The center also launches new products in key growth markets and leads Microsoft's business activities with Israeli start-ups, independent software vendors, and venture capital firms.
An example of a successful collaboration between Microsoft and Israel is Think North, a project of the Microsoft Israel R&D Center in Haifa that helps promote the high-tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship communities in the area. Microsoft also initiates and promotes events aimed at empowering entrepreneurs and opening new opportunities for them. The company sponsors the Haifa BeerTech Meetup group; a new cyber research group was opened in the city of Nazareth at the end of 2018.