Microsoft announces plans to establish its first cloud region in Austria to accelerate local innovation and growth

Microsoft revealed a plan to set up its first datacenter region in Austria which will bring Microsoft’s cloud to the country’s broad ecosystem of startups, small and midsize business (SMBs), enterprises, and government. ‘This announcement represents much more than building data centers. It is an opportunity to bring to Austria the technology needed for people, businesses, and government agencies to reimagine and transform their operations, grow their enterprises, and gain new digital skills,’ highlighted Microsoft President Brad Smith. In collaboration with Microsoft, the Austrian government’s Ministry of Digitalisation will further establish a Center of Digital Excellence to modernise Austria’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, public governmental services, and industry innovation. Moreover, the government will establish a two-year IT training program for public-sector employees to improve their competencies in state-of-the-art IT technologies.