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Microsoft’s Dublin office comes up with LED waterfall and digital lake

The building bears a lot of Dublin's influence -- the digital lake and "mountain" represent the bay and hills that border the building

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Microsoft does not offer free meals but subsidises the food.
Microsoft does not offer free meals but subsidises the food. Wikimedia Commons
  • The new office is spread in sprawling 34,000 square metre campus
  • The office has it’s own has its own pizza kitchen, own coffee blend roasted on site and an in-house bakery
  • The campus has 3,000 seats spread across open-plan floors and smaller private areas where meetings or phone calls can be conducted

An LED waterfall, a digital lake, an indoor “mountain” and a “DreamSpace” for teaching the next generation about technology: This is what Microsoft’s new office “One Microsoft Place” in Dublin houses.

Now officially open, the 34,000 square metre campus has cost the company 1$165 million and would house nearly 2,000 staff — with data scientists, AI bot builders and mixed reality game developers sitting alongside sales and marketing staff — in Leopardstown, Irishtimes reported late on Thursday.

It was officially opened by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Peggy Johnson, Microsoft Executive Vice President, Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland and IDA Ireland Chief Executive Martin Shanahan.

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“The building is the physical manifestation of the cultural transformation we’ve been going through. It’s about pulling together the skills and talent and passion of staff to enable the mission of Microsoft,” Hallahan was quoted as saying.

The campus has 3,000 seats spread across open-plan floors and smaller private areas where meetings or phone calls can be conducted.

The building bears a lot of Dublin’s influence — the digital lake and “mountain” represent the bay and hills that border the building.

Each area is decorated differently, intended to reflect the 71 nationalities that are working in the Dublin office.

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The “neighbourhoods” created by the different areas are intended to encourage a new way of working for Microsoft employees. There are no official offices; executives sit in the same space as interns.

The building bears a lot of Dublin's influence -- the digital lake and "mountain" represent the bay and hills that border the building.
The building bears a lot of Dublin’s influence — the digital lake and “mountain” represent the bay and hills that border the building. Wikimedia Commons

It also has an on-site gym — where even the weights bear Microsoft Windows logos, treatment rooms for massages, a studio where yoga classes are run alongside mindfulness sessions, a music room and a podcast room.

Microsoft does not offer free meals but subsidises the food. It has its own pizza kitchen, own coffee blend roasted on site and an in-house bakery.

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The rainwater collected from the roof is used throughout the building, while spices and other food items are also grown here.

“DreamSpace” is the heart of the campus, an innovation and education hub that aims to host 100,000 primary and transition year students over the next four years and the tech giant intends to open it to the public in April. (IANS)

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More Indian Startups Ready With Solutions to Tackle Real-life Problems: Microsoft

Regarding Microsoft's startup programme, she said the company can help B2B startups in two key ways. "The first way we can help is by providing technical support as we have extraordinary engineers all over the world who are leaders in the field

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

India, which saw a tremendous growth in the startup space in the last couple of years, is now witnessing a growth in the business-to-business (B2B) tech startups coming up with innovative ideas to deal with local problems, says a top Microsoft executive.

“The Indian startup ecosystem is on a growth trajectory, riding on an innovative fleet of young entrepreneurs who are building products that can help solve real-life issues,” said Annie Parker, Global Head of Microsoft for Startups, here.

The Australian startups pioneer who joined Microsoft last year to help scale the company’s startup dreams is bullish on India when it comes to innovation in the B2B space led by incredible engineers and technologists.

“We have seen the rise in B2C startups in India and now is the time for more B2B tech solutions with country-specific problem in focus. The local startup community in India is thriving,” Parker told IANS on the sidelines of the Microsoft ‘Imagine Cup’ Asia Regional Finals 2019.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

When it comes to finding right a mix of talent for B2B startups, Parker said India has no dearth at all.

“You can’t really walk in Bengaluru without bumping into a software engineer,” chuckled Parker, adding that there were tremendous growth opportunities in the country.

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Regarding Microsoft’s startup programme, she said the company can help B2B startups in two key ways. “The first way we can help is by providing technical support as we have extraordinary engineers all over the world who are leaders in the field.

“The second way we can help is within Microsoft ‘ScaleUp’ and the startup team more broadly,” she informed. The Microsoft ScaleUp programme (previously known as Microsoft Accelerator) is designed for Series A startups and offers access to sales, marketing and technical support. (IANS)