BEIJING (AP) _ Microsoft has signed six Chinese independent software vendors to adapt and sell its products in China, the company announced Monday.

Microsoft's China division will offer technical and marketing assistance to the six Chinese computer companies as they take key applications _ such as Windows NT Server and Microsoft BackOffice Suite _ and tailor them to the domestic business market.

In return, Microsoft will receive a share of the sales revenue, according to people familiar with the agreement.

Microsoft did not disclose financial details of the agreement.

The new Chinese independent software vendors are China National Computer Software and Technology Service, NEU-Alpine, Founder Group, Sichuan Top Group, Hangzhou Singlee Electronics and Shenzhen Kingdee Software.

``The alliances demonstrate Microsoft's complete commitment to further expanding our partnerships and investments in the China market,'' said Microsoft Corp. vice president Charles Stevens.

The alliance is expected to help boost China's nascent software industry by giving companies access to Microsoft technology.

Zhou Ning, vice president of Beijing-based Founder Group, said Chinese software sellers ``aim not just meet the demands of the local market but also to enter the worldwide market.''

Microsoft executives have conceded that they are holding off introducing some products to China because of copyright piracy.