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Microsoft has this week pledged a major commitment to expansion in Mexico. According to the company, it will invest $1.1 billion in the country over the next half decade. Over those five years, Microsoft Mexico says it will build a new cloud data center region in Mexico.

With a new local datacenter, customers in Mexico will receive cloud services such as Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365 from local locations.

Microsoft says it is also planning on bringing an education and skills program to Mexico. Redmond will team with universities to develop a program that allows people to study digital skills. According to Microsoft Mexico general manager Enrique Perezyera, the investment will create an expansion in the country.

“In a decade where the digital transformation will undoubtedly open new opportunities and horizons, we are convinced that the announcement of this $1.1 billion investment plan represents how we remain true to our commitment to Mexico’s social and economic development.

“The new datacenter region in our country will provide intelligent services to help companies innovate in their industries. The skilling program not only benefits government institutions, businesses and society at large, it also shows the importance of Mexico as a leader in the adoption of artificial intelligence, cloud and other technologies in Latin America.”

Digital Future

Perezyera says Microsoft is pushing towards a digital future and wants to help Mexico continue to embrace innovative tech. He says the country is well positioned to leverage those technologies.

Importantly, a new datacenter region would allow organizations in Mexico to meet data residency regulatory structure.