One of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most enterprising nooks recently was retooled to be even a little more innovative. In the past year, the Microsoft Technology Center in Irving has undergone a renovation to help bring more top-level executives and developers through the 6-year-old center’s doors. The $12 million center serves as a tech-lit beacon at Microsoft’s two-building Irving campus helping out large Fortune 100 companies, such as PepsiCo, BP, Mary Kay and ExxonMobil. “We bring in companies and show them what it’s like to live in a Microsoft world,” said Paul Kimbel, director at the Microsoft Technology Center, which serves as many as 130 executives at the center throughout the day. The 19,000-square-foot technology center underscores Microsoft’s massive presence in Dallas-Fort Worth. The company has 1,800 employees at the 32-acre, two-building campus in Irving.
The Microsoft Technology Center gives the company’s corporate clientele a venue to showcase apps and a place to develop money-grabbing technology. Irving’s technology center is one of 32 Microsoft technology centers in the world that cater to large companies with more than 5,000 employees. There are 12 technology centers in the United States. The center relies on corporate partners, such as HP, Dell and NetApp, to help outfit the sleek center, which includes a small data center. The technology center, which recently underwent $350,000 in renovations, continuously needs to be upgraded to showcase the latest technology, said Kimbel, who has 16 years of experience living in a Microsoft world, relying on the technology at his home in Castle Hills.