That will be the home of Microsoft's Boston Concept Development Center, a first-of-its-kind research unit that's assembling dozens of engineers and designers and sniffing out technologies with the aim of incubating new Internet businesses within the company.
The center, more than 3,000 miles from Microsoft's headquarters in
Redmond, Wash., is part of a bid to recapture the software company's cachet in a new technology era increasingly dominated by competitors such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc.
The stakes are high for Microsoft and the Boston area. Boston
software legend Ray Ozzie replaced Bill Gates as Microsoft's chief software architect in 2006. Ozzie has been pushing for a transition from the desktop software that accounts for the bulk of its revenue to the Internet services that are the wave of the future.
Now, we just need to get the adminstrations to link innovation to creativity and the arts. And that doesn't just mean the top tier of Symphony, Opera and Museum.