30/05/2002

Microsoft to expand Irish workforce by 100

Software firm Microsoft has announced it is to expand its Irish workforce by 100 people over the next twelve months in order to service its new Atrium office in Sandyford.

The Sandyford facility will serve as Microsoft's command centre for its operations in Europe, Middle EasT and Africa (EMEA), and around 800 people will eventually be employed in the centre, which was officially opened on Wednesday 29 May by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Speaking at the opening, Kevin Dillon, Microsoft Vice President for EMEA and MD of its European operations centre in Dublin, said that the company's decision to invest in Ireland was indicative of Microsoft's support for the Irish Government's e-business strategy.

He added: "Ireland is now firmly positioned as the European internet hub for Microsoft, and the company remains fully committed to its strategy of hosting from Ireland, and to supporting the corporate strategy of software as a service."

Microsoft currently employs around 1,800 people throughout Ireland.

(CL)

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