Friday, July 29, 2005
Now in Redmond, WA just outside of Seattle at the Microsoft Corporate Headquarters and blogging from the visitor center museum. Founded in 1975, Microsoft moved to Bellevue, WA from Albuquerque, NM and then to Redmond in 1986. There are 28,900 Microsoft employees in Washington state and 59,947 worldwide. The average age of their US employees is 36 years and contrary to popular belief, there are currently only 2 employees under the age of 20. Microsoft owns 7,821,131 square feet in 73 sites in Puget Sound and rents a further 2,158,329 square feet in an additional 29 sites. The campus is well treed, beautifully landscaped but a little difficult to navigate. With the aid of some kind employees we found the Visitor Centre, Store and museum which, as one would expect, is an interactive experience.