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Microsoft on Thursday (28 January) announced the launch of its new India Development Center (IDC) facility at Noida in the National Capital Region (NCR) that will serve as a premier hub for driving cutting-edge engineering and innovation.

IDC NCR is Microsoft’s third Development Center in India after Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

The contemporary workspace is a step towards realizing IDC’s vision of being a source of innovation for the next billion users. The center will build on Microsoft’s commitment to tap India’s world-class engineering talent and create solutions for a global impact, the company said in a statement.

The IDC NCR facility will collaborate with Microsoft teams globally to build products and services for driving digital innovation. The center will provide opportunities for engineering talent in the areas of Business & Productivity tools, AI, Cloud & Enterprise, Core Services, and the new Gaming division, it said.

The project is in line with Microsoft’s commitment to sustainability, and the facility has implemented energy and water conservation practices to reduce its carbon footprint, it said.

The Project Team incorporated many considerations during the design process to ensure that the office meets our high sustainability measures. Our base building is LEED platinum rated, meaning it caters to the highest sustainability standards of construction and operation.

Riku Pentikäinen, Regional Director, Asia Real Estates Operations, said: “Recognizing the strategic importance of establishing Microsoft engineering presence in Noida, my team went over and beyond in ensuring that our first engineering hub in Noida truly represents Microsoft Design Language infused with local culture and inheritance. In this respect, I feel the team overdid themselves, and the newly opened Noida office is one of the most beautiful Microsoft workspaces, we have designed, to date.”

Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft India Research & Development Pvt. Ltd., said: “The Microsoft NCR workplace represents a critical expansion of our world-class technology talent and exceptional engineering presence in India".

"Digital Transformation is set to trigger the new frontier of innovation, and the excellent facilities at the Microsoft Noida workplace provide the right environment for shaping the future of the IT industry in this part of the world," he added.