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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
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  • 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 Co-Founder Paul Allen Will Be Remembered

Allen was also owner of the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks, and the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at a news conference (from archives). VOA

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who visualized the indispensability of the personal computer more than 40 years ago, died Monday at 65.

Allen’s family said he died in Seattle of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer he had been battling off and on since 2009.

After persuading high school friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard in 1975, the two teamed up to develop a rudimentary software that hobbyists used to operate home-built computers.

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An advertisement is played on a set of large screens at the Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S, VOA

“I expect the personal computer to become the kind of thing that people carry with them, a companion that takes notes, does accounting, gives reminders, handles a thousand personal tasks,” Allen wrote in Personal Computing magazine in 1977.

Allen and Gates called their company Microsoft and spent the next several years developing the software that revolutionized the world.

Allen and Gates split in 1983, but Allen kept his share of Microsoft, making him a billionaire.

Gates issued a statement on Allen’s death late Monday.

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Paul Allen in 2003

“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen,” he said.

According to Forbes magazine, Allen was worth nearly $22 billion at the time of his death, making him the world’s 44th wealthiest person.

Allen was also owner of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks, and the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team.

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He also used his wealth to refurbish a crumbling neighborhood of his native Seattle, turning it into a headquarters for Amazon. (VOA)