The other day I got a mail from a Microsoft recruiter about a few positions in the newly created European Development Centre in Dublin, Ireland. According to Microsoft’s Ireland pages it was started about a month ago:

In March 2005, Microsoft established the European Development Centre, a new centre for research and development based in Sandyford. EDC focuses on research and development of technologies that will become part of a number of Microsoft’s core products. Initially, developers will contribute to Windows Media Centre, working on the Digital Terrestrial TV project for Europe and will also help design and develop components of the next release of the Windows operating system, Windows Vista. The team will collaborate with sister centres based in Denmark, India and China and will be part of the Microsoft Product Group R&D organisation.

Apparently they are going to hire 100 new full-time employees, to work on among other things their new Live services which is quite interesting as one kind of got the idea that Microsoft gave up the web battle a long time ago when they stopped updating Internet Explorer. Maybe they have realized that the web is the new platform and are trying to make up for lost ground.