Amazon’s decision to open a second headquarters equal to its hometown Seattle campuses is largely unprecedented in modern business history, and the Seattle area’s other top tech giant has no plans to follow suit.
Not that there was much concern about this, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made it clear that the company is not experiencing the wanderlust that has led Amazon to pursue HQ2 in another city, most likely not in the Pacific Northwest.
“I am, at least, in no hurry to talk about any HQ2s and happy with where we are in Redmond,” Nadella said at the 2017 GeekWire Summit.
Microsoft has offices all over the world, and Nadella called out growth in its Silicon Valley presence, as well as New York, Boston, China and India. But the company’s Redmond headquarters has been its homebase since 1986, and it has been in a near-constant state of expansion down there for more than 30 years.
Microsoft brings in many of its strongest performers from around the world, creating a huge and diverse workforce at the mothership. The Redmond campus totals 125 buildings, and it is home to the large majority of the more than 45,500 Microsoft workers based in the Puget Sound region.