LONDON Microsoft Corp. has launched its first Microsoft Embedded Systems Development Centre (MESDC) in Aachen, Germany. The MESDC is part of Microsoft’s effort to expand regional development centers in Denmark, France, Ireland, Serbia, the U.K. and other countries across Europe.
Located within the European Microsoft Innovation Centre (EMIC) in Aachen set up in 2003, the company says the MESDC is a significant part of the $75 million global R&D investment that the Windows Embedded Business is making in Europe this fiscal year.
Microsoft will start recruiting embedded systems engineers for the MESDC this month. The aim is to bring on board up to 15 engineers by the end of 2008 to work closely with the U.S. Windows Embedded product development team based in Redmond, Washington.
The MESDC will support global product R&D, development of Microsoft’s embedded operating systems, and accelerate collaboration between the U.S.-based Microsoft product groups and their counterparts in Europe.
The MESDC will also support the needs of the active Windows Embedded customer and partner ecosystem in Europe by engaging with select members of this group to showcase high-visibility embedded systems projects that accelerate embedded development in the enterprise.
“The MESDC will form an integral part of helping us recruit outstanding embedded systems engineers across Europe to perform product R&D, and the MESDC located in the EMIC in Aachen provides a very conducive environment for these engineers to spearhead incubation projects and accelerate technology transfer and collaborative efforts within Microsoft,” said John Lefor, director of the European Microsoft Innovation Center in Aachen.
Kevin Dallas, general manager of the Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft, added, “Due to the immense engineering talent pool and high concentration of enterprise customers and key Windows Embedded partners in the region, we see tremendous growth opportunities for the Windows Embedded Business in Europe.