Microsoft opens first tech center in Latin America, pledges investment of US$690mn

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has inaugurated its first technology center in Latin America, in Mexico City, where the IT giant expects to invest US$690mn in the next year, according to press reports.

The company has invested US$10mn to build the center, with support from others including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung and Intel.

The facility - located at the Microsoft building in the Mexican capital - will be used to train some 2,300 software developers and is part of a network of 25 sites worldwide, including 11 in the US.

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The tech center will offer local and regional organizations an opportunity to test the company's products in simulated environments that replicate the conditions that businesses face in their day-to-day operations, the global director of the Microsoft Technology Center Alliances program, Chuck McCann, was reported as saying.

Additionally, Microsoft has pledged a US$690mn investment in Mexico by November 2012 to support education, local innovation and businesses.

The company is reportedly planning a second center in Latin America, scheduled to open in Brazil in the coming months.