Microsoft Garage is among the most interesting ideas the company has had in recent years. The skunkworks-like division of Microsoft has ramped up a few gears in recent year, but has actually been operating nearly a decade. Today Microsoft has announced it is taking the Garage idea to the next level.
The company has announced the formal opening of a Microsoft Garage facility location the Microsoft Development Center in Hyderabad. Situated over an 8,000 square foot space, the facility was opened by Sri. K. Taraka Rama Rao, Honorable Minister for IT, Government of Telangana.
Microsoft says the division will empower experimentation in India, including a Reality Room to host augmented and mixed reality creations. The rooms give employees access to Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality solutions and hardware. The company clearly hopes this access will spur the creation of apps and services focused on mixed and virtual reality.
Other facilities at the new Microsoft Garage location will be a Hub for groups to work together. The Hub will include work shopping and hackathons.
At the opening, Jeff Ramos, Partner Director, Microsoft Garage said:
“Microsoft believes in enabling its employees to utilize their knowledge, capabilities and innovative acumen to build solutions for the rapidly changing technology landscape. The Microsoft Garage serves as a hub to engage our workforce, with facilities and programs optimized for hacking, ideation, and collaboration. Microsoft Garage's engagement with the innovation ecosystems in our GDC locations, helps create the right kind of partnerships to accelerate experimentation and innovation in the local context.”
Microsoft Garage has been a huge success for the company. This special division of Microsoft gives employees space to work on projects outside of normal channels. These creations are not necessarily a part of Microsoft's core services, but instead allow developers within the company to get more creative.