Inside Microsoft Headquarters: Innovation, Cyber-Crime Lab on Display

By Pedro Hernandez  |  Posted 2015-09-01

In a sprawling corporate campus in Redmond, Wash., teams of developers, researchers and hardware hackers gather every day to work on Microsoft's software products, grow the company's cloud capabilities, and in some cases, push technology to its limits simply to see what's possible. The company's presence in the surrounding area is unavoidable. Microsoft-branded shuttle buses ferry employees back and forth while the company's logo dots the landscape for miles around. As expected, many buildings are typically off-limits to outsiders, but the tech titan occasionally opens its doors to customers, technology partners and the media, allowing them a peek at its latest products and innovations. Unsurprisingly, visitors are met by the typical office fare: rows of offices, conference rooms, vending machines. Around some corners at Microsoft's headquarters, though, there are some surprises, including maker workshops and cyber-crime labs. Here are some highlights from a recent tour of Microsoft's headquarters.


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