Microsoft builds $550 million center

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Microsoft Corp. announced Thursday that will build a $550 million data center in San Antonio to house its growing online services.

The 400,000-square-foot facility will be the software giant’s first major data center in Texas.

The data center will house tens of thousands of computers for Internet services like Microsoft’s Windows Live offerings, which include everything from instant messaging to e-mail, said Mike Manos, Microsoft senior director of data centers.

To entice Microsoft, which will eventually employ about 75 people at the site, the city approved a tax abatement package that will run over the next 10 years.

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