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Elance and Microsoft Create New Microsoft Developers Program

Program Connects Businesses With Pre-Screened Certified Professionals to Meet Demand for Windows 8 and Applications Across Microsoft Mobile, Web and Cloud Platforms

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/20/12 -- Elance, the global employment platform used by businesses to gain instant access to 1.5 million independent workers online, today announced the Microsoft Developers Program on Elance, a new initiative that matches certified Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Microsoft web developers with businesses on the Elance platform.

Through this new program, Windows developers can now market their technical expertise, display corresponding group badges on their Elance profile and find online work on Elance. Businesses can quickly identify Windows developers based on their branded credentials and hire the technical experts they need on-demand.

A key component of the program is the newly created Microsoft Developers Group on Elance that includes 4 components:

"We have experienced triple digit growth for Windows Mobile and Microsoft Developer skill sets on the Elance platform, and expect to see similar growth in Windows 8 and Windows Azure projects this year," said Jonathan Diller, vice president of platform and customer operations at Elance. "By working with Microsoft, we offer businesses instant access to expert developers with core Microsoft skills, and provide online professionals the ability to utilize their technical expertise to build innovative products."

"The Microsoft Developers Group on Elance offers companies the ability to quickly and easily tap into Elance's community of qualified developers to build mobile applications for phones and tablets with a click of a mouse," said Terry Clancy, developer audience marketing manager at Microsoft. "This new resource also helps job seeking developers discover new project opportunities."

Businesses seeking Microsoft developer talent are now able to browse and review pre-screened, certified Elance professionals on the Microsoft Developers Group. The group also features a "Jobs" category that enables developers to review and apply to new projects on Elance with a single click.

About Elance
Elance, the world's leading platform for online employment, helps businesses hire and manage in the cloud.

For businesses looking to staff-up a team on an hourly or project basis, Elance offers instant access to talent and the ability to build and manage entire teams online. For independent professionals who want to work online, Elance offers access to qualified clients, a virtual workplace and guaranteed pay for great work.

The company is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California and Oslo, Norway. For more information, visit www.elance.com.

More information and tools:
Windows 8: Download Win 8 & Tools, Learning and Certification
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Microsoft Web Platform and Tools: Download WebMatrix, Trial Visual Studio 11, Trial Visual Studio, Trial Expression Blend, Trial Internet Information Server, Free Azure Platform Trial, MSDN Subscriber Azure Benefits, Learning and Certification

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