How about some company news to close the day? Europe remains a key strategic market for Microsoft, even as the software titan is fighting the US government for the rights to protect its data.

The company has identified Ireland for its new expansion project, and is now said to be planning a new local headquarters in the country — sources actually call it a “mega headquarters”, a giant structure in Leopardstown.

Interesting name for a city.

As this report reveals, Redmond has even agreed to pay $11.1 million (or €8.3 million) to the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in the form of contributions.

Interesting name for a council.

The office building covers a three hectare site at South County Business Park on Leopardstown Road, and will house a total of 2,000 employees. Green Party councilor Ossian Smyth said:

“That would pretty much be all of their Irish staff. Microsoft wanted to get everyone in the same building so they could all work closer.”

Microsoft have agreed to meet no less than 35 different conditions, from protecting the forest to having enough car parking spaces. The usual.

This major new headquarters outside the United States will have a two level basement, 558 parking spaces for cars to go with 25 spots for motorcycles and bicycles. The company is still in the process of finalizing negations, so the number of parking spaces could well increase.

Can’t have enough car parking spaces, that’s for sure.

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  • Mary

    I wonder why Ireland is the location they chosen? I’m not trying to put down Ireland, but Europe has a lot of options. But I am curious with their rationale here.

    • Buzz

      I wondered the same thing Mary. IS there a larger Irish presence within Microsoft that I don’t know about? Seems like an interesting choice.

      • Mike

        MS already has their European Operation Centre located in Ireland, so it makes sense to build a new campus to accomodate all employees in there. Currently these are spread out over different buildings not directly connected with each other

    • WillyThePooh

      Ireland actually has a lot of skilled IT experts. And the cost of operation is cheaper after the economy crisis in 2008.