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Microsoft Expands Footprint in India with a new Engineering Hub in NCR

Third India development centre to serve as a premier center of engineering and an innovation hub

Advancing its commitment to invest in the country’s engineering talent, Microsoft today announced the launch of the India Development Center (IDC), National Capital Region (NCR). IDC NCR is Microsoft’s third Development Center in India, serving as a premier facility for driving cutting edge innovation. The center will build on Microsoft’s commitment to tapping India’s world-class engineering talent to create solutions for global impact.

The India Development Center represents Microsoft’s strategy of globally shared development to build products and services for driving digital innovation. IDC, NCR will play a critical role in Microsoft India’s expansion and growth story. The facility will open opportunities for thousands of engineers, with plans to expand to a full-fledged development center, similar to IDC facilities in Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Microsoft India Development Center (IDC) is one of Microsoft’s largest R&D centers outside the Redmond headquarters. Set up in Hyderabad in 1998, IDC drives Microsoft’s strategy of globally shared development to build products and services.

With a presence in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and now NCR, IDC houses three technology groups along with core engineering services, driving some of the most impactful and innovative work happening across Microsoft.

  • Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Research-Responsible for driving the company’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, apps and agents
  • Cloud & Enterprise-Focuses on CRM, development tools, cloud infrastructure, Visual Studio, Microsoft Azure
  • Experiences & Devices Group-Works on the software platform, games, apps and devices that power the Windows ecosystem. This group is also responsible for Microsoft’s global productivity strategy via products and services including Office 365, SharePoint and Vision
  • Core Services Engineering-Core Services Engineering is the team that builds and runs the critical products and services that enable Microsoft to serve its customers

Kurt DelBene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operations, and the Chairman of the IDC Advisory Board, said, “We are pleased to announce the opening of our India Development Center in NCR. We have built a strong engineering presence in India over the past two decades and we are excited to be expanding to Noida. This represents a critical expansion of our ability to attract world-class technology talent. Our deep commitment to the region will help us further Microsoft’s mission to empower every individual and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft India Research & Development Pvt. Ltd., said, “The launch of the new IDC center in NCR is a step towards realizing IDC’s vision to be a world-class development center and source of innovation for the next billion users. This creates opportunities for engineers to do meaningful work that will have an impact across the world. We are excited to tap into the engineering talent available in this part of the country to create a truly pioneering organization that will build innovative solutions for global impact.”

IDC NCR will be home to Microsoft’s engineering teams across various technology groups, including Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Research Group, Cloud & Enterprise Group, and Experience & Devices Group, along with Core Services Engineering and Operations. IDC NCR will also house Mixer, Microsoft’s live streaming gaming platform team, becoming the first center to host the gaming team outside the company headquarters in Redmond. 

With this addition, the India Development Center will have teams across all engineering divisions from Microsoft, making IDC a true microcosm of engineering work at Microsoft. The new facility is built in line with Microsoft’s global standards in Intelligent Workplace, giving employees access to state-of-the-art facilities.


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Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He is Editor-in-Chief of Digital Creed, which he founded in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 27 years of journalism experience (since 1994). He is sound and confident about his knowledge of business technology concepts. And he is a believer in continual education/learning. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines (India). He has written hundreds of technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers (among others). And he has conducted more than 300 industry interviews during his journalism career. Brian also writes on Aviation, cybersecurity, startups, and topics directed at small and medium businesses. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn.

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