Hyderabad, Aug 30 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Wednesday inaugurated here the second phase of Microsoft campus that reflects the IT major's continued commitment to India.
The new facility of 395,000 square feet, which was completed in a record time of 13 months, has come up at the 50-acre campus at Gacchibowli.
The campus, which can seat 3,000 employees, hosts three major businesses of Microsoft in the country - Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC), Microsoft Global Delivery Centre India (GDCI) and Microsoft Global Services India (MGSI).
The new building will house the teams of GDCI and MGSI. The first phase comprised 360,000 sq. ft. of office space.
The two buildings are five-storey rectilinear structures with a blend of Indian and international architectural styles. It is a reflection of the Microsoft campus in Redmond, equipped with high bandwidth network infrastructure and world-class facilities.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said his government would provide all assistance to the IT sector. He also assured Microsoft of the government's help in its efforts to protect intellectual property rights.
'This state-of-art campus is one of the best I have seen in the world and I am extremely impressed by the amenities Microsoft is providing for its employees,' he said.
Srini Koppolu, vice president and managing director of MSIDC, said Microsoft would provide 7,000 jobs by 2007 in India as against 4,000 people currently employed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.
'The new building reinforces our continued commitment to Andhra Pradesh and our long-term investments in India. All the six business units of Microsoft in India are making strategic and innovative contributions to Microsoft's global business growth and helping India take a leadership position in the emerging knowledge economy,' he said.