Microsoft yesterday announced that they are acquiring the Mountain View Silicon Valley Campus which it has long leased and modernize it by building a state of the art facility. Microsoft is currently working with Mountain View City Planners to gain approval of our redevelopment plans. Read the full email below from Executive Vice President Qi Lu to Microsoft employees about this news.
Subject: Investing for the Future in Silicon Valley
A little more than 15 years ago, we opened our Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View, bringing together the innovation and energy of engineers from WebTV, Hotmail and PowerPoint, to name a few. Over time, our development efforts have generated breakthrough products and technologies that have made key contributions to the success of Xbox, Office, Bing and more. We have nearly doubled our local presence since then and have opened offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale to accommodate our growth.
At my first MSV All Hands, I described this development center as a strategic hub for innovation and development. Today, I am excited to announce our plan to further invest in the success of the Silicon Valley region. Microsoft is acquiring the Mountain View Silicon Valley Campus to build a state of the art facility and create an exceptional place to work.
Real Estate and Facilities is currently working with Mountain View City Planners to gain approval of our redevelopment plans. Sustainability, collaboration, and health & wellness are at the center of the design, incorporating features such as team courtyards, easy access to the outdoors, an onsite gym, and LEED Platinum certification. Minimizing business disruption during the renovation is a priority and we will work with teams to plan and coordinate.
Today’s announcement marks the very beginning of a longer term process. There is no immediate impact to teams in the Bay Area, and we anticipate that construction will take at least three years to complete. The site leadership team and I will be holding an All Hands meeting in the Spring and we look forward to sharing more details on the plans as they develop.