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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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Microsoft Acquires Express Logic to Push IoT Dream

Microsoft is getting an established company with a proven product that can help it scale its Azure IoT business

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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

Microsoft has acquired San Diego-based software company Express Logic, that makes software for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, to accelerate IoT development for billions of devices at scale.

With this acquisition, Microsoft said late Thursday it will unlock access to billions of new connected endpoints, grow the number of devices that can seamlessly connect to its Azure Cloud and enable new intelligent capabilities.

“I am incredibly excited to share we have acquired Express Logic, a leader in real time operating systems (RTOS) for IoT and edge devices powered by micro-controller units (MCUs),” said Sam George, Director, Azure IoT at Microsoft.

Manufacturers building products across categories — from low capacity sensors like light bulbs and temperature gauges to air conditioners, medical devices, and network appliances — leverage the size, safety and security benefits of Express Logic solutions to achieve faster time to market.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

“Even highly constrained devices (battery powered and having less than 64KB of flash memory) can use Express Logic solutions. Over 9 billion of these MCU-powered devices are built and deployed globally every year, many of which can benefit from Express Logic solutions,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft is getting an established company with a proven product that can help it scale its Azure IoT business.

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The acquisition is part of a $5 billion investment in IoT the company announced last April that includes a number of Azure pieces, such as Azure Sphere, Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Edge, Azure Maps and Azure IoT Central. (IANS)