Microsoft Launches New R&D Facility in Bangalore
By on July 26th, 2011

Today, Microsoft  launched a new state-of-the-art research & development facility in Bangalore, India. Dr Qi Lu, President, Online Services Division, Microsoft inaugurated Vigyan, the swank new 154,000 sq. ft. facility is situated in the heart of the city. Vigyan in Hindi language means Science’.

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Vigyan is now home to researchers from Microsoft Research India and Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) team that works on Microsoft adCenter. Microsoft IDC’s first centre was set up in Hyderabad in 1998. The Hyderabad campus along with the Beijing one are Microsoft’s biggest R&D facilities outside of the United States. At MSIDC, Hyderabad, Microsoft Research India was established in 2005.   Dr. P Anandan, Managing Director, Microsoft Research India was also present at the inauguration.

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The decision to set up our second R&D centre in Bangalore reinforces Microsoft’s commitment towards India.   – Dr. Qi Lu

After the search alliance between Bing and Yahoo last year, Microsoft extended engineering efforts in Bangalore. Also, several Yahoo employees moved to Microsoft as part of the alliance. Microsoft has several facilities in Bangalore already that house  Microsoft Global Training Support Center (GTSC), Microsoft Research India, and different teams from Microsoft’s business groups like Sales & Marketing Support Group  (SMSG) and Developer & Platfrom Evangelism (DPE).

Photos Courtesy: Microsoft India Development Center

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