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Microsoft's largest facility outside US opens in Hyderabad

August 12, 2008 19:19 IST

Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC) inaugurated a new facility on Tuesday, its largest outside the United States, at its campus in Hyderabad.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy inaugurated the new building on the 10th anniversary of the company.

This building, the third in the campus at Gachibowli on the outskirts of the city, has been constructed to meet global quality standards and can house more than 2000 employees, Microsoft officials said.

It has recently won the Leeds Gold certification for energy efficiency and hi-tech safety systems, they added. "In 2003-04, IT exports from Andhra Pradesh were 8 per cent but over the last four years, it has grown to 15 per cent of the country's total exports, thanks to companies like Microsoft," Reddy said.

"MSIDC employees have made very significant impact because the innovative software products that they develop touch the lives of millions around the world. I would like to congratulate everyone on reaching this important milestone, and look forward to even greater success in the decade ahead," Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said in a recorded message.

MSIDC corporate vice president and managing director Srini Koppolu said the last 10 years have been an amazing journey, growing from 20 to 1,500 people and developing several state-of-the-art products for Microsoft from India.

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