Microsoft expands its footprint in India with its third development center in the country

Abhishek Baxi

Microsoft India

Microsoft has announced the launch of a new engineering hub in India advancing its commitment to invest in the country’s engineering talent while playing a critical role in Microsoft India’s expansion and growth story.

The new development center in Noida, a suburb of the national capital, New Delhi – India Development Center, National Capital Region (NCR) – is the company’s third development center in India.

Microsoft 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.

“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 impact across the world.”

– Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft India Research & Development Pvt. Ltd.

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. Interestingly, 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.

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. Between the three facilities, the India Development Center will have teams across all engineering divisions from Microsoft, making IDC a true microcosm of engineering work at Microsoft.