As a global company, Microsoft has offices in several hundred locations around the world. Apart from sales, business development, and marketing offices, Microsoft has development centers located all over the world. Especially, they have development centers in most of the technology hubs including the Silicon Valley in the US. Microsoft opened its current Silicon Valley campus in 1998 and it is now occupied of thousands of Microsoft employees working on various products including Azure, Office for Mac, and more. It is the largest U.S. site outside of Redmond.
Over the last weekend, The Mercury News has reported that Microsoft is now expanding into the heart of Silicon Valley. They have purchased a 65 acres of empty land along State Route 237 between Alviso and Milpitas for about $73.2 million. You can explore the location here on Bing Maps. According to the planning documents filed with the city of San Jose, this new project named “237 Industrial Center” is being planned as a light industrial center that would include a data center complex generating hundreds of jobs around that area.
“We continuously explore opportunities to meet the needs of a future based on cloud computing and internet services, so we’re thrilled to find a great one in the heart of Silicon Valley,” said Christian Belady, general manager of Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, referring to this land purchase.
The reason most of the top technology companies are expanding their footprint in Silicon Valley is the availability of top-tier universities, highly-skilled human resources and the venture capital that has nurtured top companies and hottest start-ups. Hopefully, this new location will attract key talent for Microsoft in the Silicon Valley region.
Source: The Mercury News