Hub catches Microsoft's eye - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Technology - Business: "''Microsoft used to believe that development was a contact sport,' says Francis deSouza, an entrepreneur who sold Flash Communications to Microsoft in 1998 but left in 2001 to start another company. ''You needed people bumping into each other. In Redmond, you wanted your entire development team in the same building. Ideally, they'd be on the same floor.'
DeSouza says that Microsoft is one of the last big technology companies to really commit to setting up product development centers outside of its headquarters.
''The next stage of their growth will require it,' he says. ''And they'll have to work at it.'"