Software

Take a tour of Microsoft Fargo

Microsoft Fargo

By Sonja Thompson

Microsoft's Fargo campus was opened and occupied in 1999. This was originally the site of Great Plains Software, which existed since the early '80s. To date, Microsoft Fargo is the second largest field campus — Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus is the largest field campus.

About

Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

12 comments
tanner2004
tanner2004

I was there in 1995 when Great Plains and MS were forming their "partnership". Great Plains hosted an event called the Stampede for their VARs. Steve Balmer was a VP of MS at the time and about 125 lbs lighter (no sacarsm intended). He was their marquis guest speaker. He seemed like a sincere guy.

Looks like a tech school to me.

ds4211a
ds4211a

Where are all the people? This place looks like it got hit by a neutron bomb. Is it run by robots?

drowningnotwaving
drowningnotwaving

Fargo: 1 movie, 200 churches and 300 licensed premises. A wonderful ratio. Other Statistics: * 16 trips to Fargo over 3 years and not once did my baggage make it the same day. * In over 300 attempts, not once did any barman or woman understand "May I have a beer, please?" with an accent from down-under. In a process of individual learning and development, I found that simply pointing and grunting worked a treat (and thus proved the steroetype of both continents).

sirknightii
sirknightii

Very Informative and good choice of pictures. I did not even know that Microsoft had facilities in North Dakota.

richard.king
richard.king

Very nice tour. Interesting best practices built into building, cube hallways with street names, lots of conference / meeting room with names and numbers, built in monitors showing room status, lots of (free) beverages ... hmmm most popular choice is milk ... around here it is coffee the rocket fuel of choice.

mwasiel
mwasiel

It's a clean office building with a cafeteria and soda machines. I once worked for a company that had all the free food you could want. I gained 20 lbs. and got high blood pressure as a result.

drowningnotwaving
drowningnotwaving

New-fangled contraptions like digital cameras just scare the sh1t out of them. So do people who's native language is English. They just howl 'yayoubetcha' as they run away down the corridor.

nedvis
nedvis

This is why I hate American photography ( news, TV, Intenret). No people can be found there! Privacy, security and what not concern give us ghost houses and decapitated people walking american streets .

jags_mcp
jags_mcp

BTW, Free is always costly!

SD ITman
SD ITman

I think that you would be very surprise at the level of technology in our little back woods area. Oh, wait a minute.... I don't need to tell you about being in a technologically challenged area. Do I!

jon_bjerke
jon_bjerke

Fargo is a great community, but you need to love winter. I lived there from 1996-2006 and loved it! Fargo is also the corporate headquarters of Bobcat http://www.bobcat.com I know several people that work at the Microsoft Fargo complex. It used to be known as Great Plains software until MS purchased them.