The software giant and global mega-brand Microsoft has opened a new office in the famous Silicon Valley area of California, it has been announced. The company has a 30-year history of operating in the area and has in excess of 2,500 employees in the wider San Francisco Bay region.
A statement from the company on the opening of the new offices in the city of Sunnyvale explained that the plan is to see the new space foster a “collaborative environment that promotes innovation and productivity”. The offices cover some 237,121 square feet within the Moffett Towers complex.
Its latest commitment to offices in California comes at what could be a crucial time for Microsoft as it aims to take on Apple in the booming tablet computer sector, now a key battleground for the world’s leading consumer tech companies. With Apple so far dominating market share in the sector thanks to the popularity of its various iPad incarnations, Microsoft recently launched a new competitor device called the ‘Surface’ after a huge research and development effort.
“The opening of the Moffett Towers office represents our commitment to Microsoft Silicon Valley as a strategic location for the company in the heart of a rich technology ecosystem and talent pool,” said Qi Lu, the company’s president of online services.
“Microsoft has a long history in Silicon Valley, and we look forward to continuing our legacy on the forefront of technology in the area,” he added.
As well as its opening of a new area of office space, Microsoft has initiated the construction of its own campus facility in Silicon Valley in the city of Mountain View. Meanwhile, over on the east coast of America, an increasing number of software, technology and media businesses are setting up operations out of office space in New York, particularly in district knowingly referred to as ‘Silicon Alley’ in Manhattan.