Microsoft seeking space in Kerala's Technopark: Official

Thiruvananthapuram, July 3 (IANS) Global software giant Microsoft is seeking space in the Technopark campus here, a top official of the IT department said Wednesday.

"Preliminary reports suggest that they are serious (about taking space at Technopark). Things will become clearer in some days," the official, who did not wish to be named, told IANS.

Construction work in the one million square feet campus with state-of-the-art gold rated buildings has been completed, the official said.

Some of the leading IT firms that have taken space in Technopark Phase-3 include HCL, Oracle and CapGemini.

Tecnopark Phase-3 is spread over 92 acres and consists of two buildings - Aanamudi and Ponmudi - named after famous mountain peaks in the state.

"We have given nod to 25 IT companies who will use our plug-and-play facility. Each of these firms will have 20-50 employees. We have earmarked 60,000 square feet for them and they will start operations from Sep 1," the IT department official added.

The plug-and-play facility has been designed to attract young entrepreneurs who are not in a position to make huge investments.

Technopark Phase-3 also comprises shopping malls, a commercial complex, a hotel and a convention centre.

The IT park currently has 280 companies providing employment to more than 40,000 professionals directly and around 150,000 people indirectly.

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