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Tech giant Microsoft has set up “The Garage” for its employees working at the Microsoft India Development Center in Hyderabad, to increase their innovative quotient and allow them to tinker with ideas to take them to the next level.

The 740-square-meter facility at the Hyderabad campus, the second-largest after Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington (1,020 square meters), was inaugurated by Telangana state IT and Industries Minister K Taraka Rama Rao, reports The Times of India.

The Garage has three lab sections: a “Hub” for hackathons and workshops; a “Makerspace” with an electronic workbench, 3D printers, laser cutters, and a milling machine for creating prototype printed circuit boards; and a “Reality Room” for those working in the arena of augmented- and virtual-reality and mixed-reality applications, the daily said.

Microsoft plans to extend its Garage initiative to its Bangalore facility this year.

Jeff Ramos, partner director for Microsoft Garage, said the reason the company planned to have two Garage facilities in India was that it was very enthusiastic about the number and quality of projects coming from Indian centers, The Economic Times reported.

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