Microsoft announces more than 500 new jobs in Vancouver

A new western Canadian "Azure Edge Zone" to extend company's cloud footprint

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      Tech giants are continuing their love affair with Vancouver.

      Today, Microsoft Canada announced that it's adding more than 500 jobs, lifting its Vancouver workforce to 1,700.

      According to a company news release, these technical hires will "build leading applications in Intelligent Communications, Office, Azure, OneDrive, Web Experience, and mixed reality". 

      It's part of Microsoft Canada's effort to build a new "Azure Edge Zone" to advance the company's cloud footprint in this country.

      "Microsoft is committed to helping Canada emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever," Microsoft Canada president Kevin Peesker said. "Our deep cloud and talent investments, combined with our widespread skilling efforts, will help organizations of all types and sizes accelerate their digital transformation."

      This comes in the wake of Vancouver-based agtech company Terramera choosing Microsoft Azure to power its efforts in regenerative agriculture, fusing science, nature, and artificial intelligence.

      “Microsoft Azure is perfectly suited to enable our AI/machine learning platform to perform at the national and global scale required for global regenerative agriculture efforts,” Terramera chief technology officer Travis Good said in the news release. “With Azure, we can deliver impactful, human-centric solutions to farmers and provide Canadian leadership in technology, climate change and agriculture.”

      With these new jobs, Microsoft anticipates that its Canadian workforce will increase to more than 3,700 employees.