Microsoft’s Makeover

Pity Microsoft.  its Xbox 360 gets trumped by the Wii, its Zune can’t hold a candle to the iPod, and all the top tech geeks want to work at Google’s cushy campus.  Can a major overhaul of its drab headquarters do anything to help?  Influenced in part by fandy digs like those at Nike and DreamWorks, m$ft just cut the ribbon on a $2 billion campus renovation – the biggest in teh company’s history – that includes 35 new buildings, 5.5 million square feet of additional space, more natural light, and plenty of whiteboards for everyone.  Microsoft says a 5% lift in productivity would return its investment.  It’s a far cry from Google’s free gourmet meals, but in the war for talent, everly little bit helps.

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