The Hyderabad Garage will collaborate with teams in Silicon Valley, Redmond, Vancouver, Washington, New England, Israel and Beijing.
It is called a ‘Garage’ but instead of spanners, car-jacks, screwdrivers or other tools, the place is filled with state-of-the-art technology. All these are at the disposal of Microsoft’s engineers to build products and innovations.
In an 8,000 square feet facility, employees can work on different product ideas and build prototypes which would help in adding value to Microsoft’s products.
One of the recent developments is the Kaizala mobile app and service, designed for large group communications and work management. Kaizala makes it easy to connect and coordinate work with the entire value chain, including field employees, vendors, partners and customers.
The Hyderabad Garage will collaborate with teams in Silicon Valley, Redmond, Vancouver, Washington, New England, Israel and Beijing. The company will soon launch its second garage in Bengaluru, which will be operational in the coming months.
The company said the projects were evaluated for patent potential, viability and alignment to the business. Ideas and prototypes may be then selected for further review or funded to continue development.
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“The Garage program will be a connector to bring together people across roles, skills and experience to lend their passion to create solutions,” said Anil Bhansali, corporate vice-president, Cloud & Enterprise and managing director, Microsoft India (R&D).
In the face of competition from global tech giants such as Google, who are running a programme ‘Next Billion Users’ to capture the maximum number of users, Microsoft is stepping-up.
Microsoft, through its two Garages, hopes to come up with a range of region specific products. The company said its employees had flexible working hours so that the ones interested can work in the Garage whenever they can.
“The Microsoft Garage serves as a hub to engage our workforce, with facilities and programs optimised for hacking, ideation and collaboration. Its engagement with the innovation ecosystems helps create partnerships to accelerate experimentation and innovation in the local context,” said Jeff Ramos, partner director at Microsoft Garage.