About: This post is about the new development center Microsoft is opening in Vancouver, Canada
I am very happy to report that Microsoft Canada and our corporate head office will be opening a software development centre in Greater Vancouver, BC. The Microsoft Canada Development Centre (MCDC) will open in the Fall of 2007 and will be home to software developers from around the world.
Canada has a burgeoning hi-tech and software industry, globally envied quality of life, and our cities represent exactly the kind of environment that leading information workers want to live in. The Vancouver area, in particular, is a global gateway with a diverse population, is close to Microsoft’s corporate offices in Redmond. The Microsoft Canada Development Centre will help Microsoft remain globally competitive in its recruitment efforts while expanding our development footprint into Canada and providing strong economic benefits to the country.
Initially, we expect a few hundred employees to be part of this Centre. We will continue to assess the Centre’s growth potential moving forward and hope that the Centre will become one of the company’s key hubs for international talent and for software development. With the opening of this Centre, Canada will be one of only a handful of countries hosting development centers outside of our Redmond, WA, main campus.