A big shift from the historical Redmond-centric Microsoft approach
Sturtevant's team will be part of a larger, already existing Microsoft office at One Memorial Drive, next door to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that serves as the company's Boston-area development hub. The office will also house the company's first Microsoft Research lab in the United State outside Redmond and development offices for its SoftGrid virtualization software. Overall, the company is leasing more than 180,000 square feet on five floors in the 17-story building.
"This is a departure for Microsoft," said Giles McNamee, founder and managing director of Boston investment bank McNamee Lawrence & Co., who was briefed on the development center. "In an organization that's gotten as big as Microsoft, this is an attempt to foster entrepreneurial activity and get people excited about the next big thing."