Microsoft has announced it will be consolidating its Silicon Valley operations into one campus, located in Mountain View, California. According to a statement from the company, "a central element of the 32-acre campus will be a Development Laboratory and Developer Community Center" to be used as a central resource for the approximately 1,200 Windows developers currently working in and around Silicon Valley.
Among the Microsoft divisions to be using the new campus will be PowerPoint, HotMail, and, in a curious twist, the Macintosh Internet Products Group, the group responsible for the development and design of the Internet Explorer web browser. Netscape Communications , which makes a competitive web browser, is also located in Mountain View, with headquarters barely three miles down the road from Microsoft's planned site. Microsoft's press release said nothing of a long-range slingshot to be mounted on the roof of the new campus, although working in such proximity with developers of its competing browser may serve to increase antagonism between the two companies.
The company expects the new lab will be completed by mid-1999. "The new lab will allow as many as five companies at a time to work with Microsoft technical evangelists on development of new software applications for the Microsoft Windows operating system," the press release said. A Microsoft sales office in Foster City, California, the San Francisco Sidewalk city guide offices and the Bay Area Research Center in San Francisco will all remain where they are.
"Mountain View will be good for Microsoft," said Mountain View vice mayor Mary Lou Zoglin in a statement today. "And Microsoft will be very good for Mountain View."