Microsoft India to expand operations in Hyderabad

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Microsoft India will expand its activities at its Hyderabad centre, Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik, who called on the Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, said.

Pramanik also met information technology minister KT Rama Rao.

Microsoft now has a 54-acre campus in Hyderabad. The land was allotted to it in 2003. The campus houses Microsoft IT, Microsoft India Development Centre of Microsoft India (R&D) (MSIDC) and a global delivery centre. Microsoft also a sales and marketing team in Hyderabad.

The MSIDC commenced operations in Hyderabad in 1998 with about 20 people. Today, it has a workforce of 3,500 plus employees and they work with product engineering teams from Microsoft Corporation’s headquarters at Redmond. This is one of Microsoft’s largest development centres outside the US.

MSIDC plays a role in Microsoft’s distributed development strategy, where teams across geographies collaborate to build software and services.

The meeting of the Microsoft India chairman with Telangana chief minister holds significance in view of the efforts of the state government to ensure growth of existing companies as well as attracting new companies.

On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu too is said to have been making efforts to woo Microsoft to set up operations in Anantapur, which is closer to Bangalore, where Microsoft has operations as well.

“We are a new state and Pramanik has paid a courtesy visit. We have asked them what their expansion plans are. They have assured us that they are committed to Hyderabad and would expand their activities here.

However, Microsoft said it would get back to us with specific plans in the due course,” IT minister KT Rama Rao told Financial Chronicle.

krishnamohan@mydigitalfc.com

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