Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus turns 10

Ten years ago, On Oct. 4, 1999, Microsoft opened the Silicon Valley Campus (SVC) in Mountain View, Calif. It has grown significantly since then. And today, SVC is the largest and most multidisciplinary U.S. site outside Redmond, home to more than 1,300 employees. In past few years, Microsoft has acquired start-ups such as Tellme and […]

Ten years ago, On Oct. 4, 1999, Microsoft opened the Silicon Valley Campus (SVC) in Mountain View, Calif. It has grown significantly since then. And today, SVC is the largest and most multidisciplinary U.S. site outside Redmond, home to more than 1,300 employees. In past few years, Microsoft has acquired start-ups such as Tellme and Danger with their own facilities nearby, that has made SVC designation obsolete. Adding to presence is a new sales office in center of downtown San Francisco. All told, more than 2,000 employees work in the San Francisco Bay Area, and number throughout California is approaching 3,000. "The campus is a physical manifestation of something that started 20 years ago with first development offices," Dan'l Lewin says. "Human resources are Microsoft's key asset, and Silicon Valley has always been a hub for IQ and IP. It's an important place to us, and it always has been."