The Vancouver Development Center (VDC) is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The centre is home to some of the best and brightest software developers from around the world.
Since opening its doors in September 2007, the VDC has quickly become an intricate part of Microsoft’s global strategy for distributed software development. VDC employees play a key role in architecting systems, developing code, and testing software and systems that are developed by Microsoft and released to global markets. Collectively, VDC employees work on more than 50% of all the products and services offered by Microsoft. Working on a multitude of Microsoft products, across all Microsoft business groups, the VDC is already recognized as a premier Microsoft Development Centre with a direct impact on the millions of Microsoft customers worldwide.
Just a short drive from the Microsoft corporate headquarters in Redmond, the state-of-the-art Vancouver, British Columbia campus ensures our employees work in an environment that not only fosters creativity, and collaboration but also helps them achieve work-life balance.
With a global team from over 45 different countries, speaking more than 15 languages, and having been recognized as one the Top Ten Companies to Work for in British Columbia in 2008 and 2009 in B.C. Business magazine’s annual employee survey, the VDC has truly become a Destination for the World’s Best.
VDC is a core part of Microsoft's strategy for Global Development Centers as it allows us to tap into the world-class talent in Vancouver and the rest of Canada. Being in the same time-zone and close proximity to Redmond is icing on the cake.
VDC hosts very strong engineers while being hosted in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. That is great to work here, that is great to live here. Driving distance to Redmond and the same time zone make up to very strong presence in standard Microsoft work cycles
“VDC is a truly place where the top minds in the technological industry meet! Being in VDC has given me the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from top engineers who are working on various products in the Microsoft portfolio. “
“You get to live in a city that’s indescribably beautiful, surrounded by remarkably brilliant people in many different projects and roles. It widens your vision not only about Microsoft, but the industry as a whole. And at least, for me, about plans for the future in all possible levels and topics”.
I joined the Microsoft Canada Development Center early 2009 as a senior program manager with the Visual Studio ALM Rangers
, responsible for out-of-band solutions for feature gaps and value-add guidance. I found myself in an exciting melting pot of the world’s best software engineers, exposed to diverse product groups, individuals and cultures, a motivating atmosphere of innovation and passion, making it the working environment anyone could wish for. Willy-Peter Schaub (http://aka.ms/blogwps
Not only is the Microsoft Canada Development Center located in Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in North America. The Development Center hosts a team of some of the best and brightest software engineers. Not only are the employees at the Development Center innovative they are also caring and continually go the extra mile by supporting the community through mentoring and volunteering. I am proud to be a part of the Microsoft Canada Development Center community.
“I've been working at Microsoft Canada Development Center since 2010 and this is my first job after college. The diversity here makes Microsoft Canada Development Center a unique place to work for -- not only you can meet people from all over the world, but you can also have the chance to learn about hundreds of Microsoft products.”
Vancouver is one of the best livable cities in the world and Microsoft is one of the best companies to work in the world. Put together work-life balance doesn’t get any better. I love being surrounded by extremely talented professionals from every part of the world. The picturesque views of mountains, oceans and the glass-city of Vancouver provide the inspiration to ship the next generation of beautiful technology that more than a billion people will use. The diversity of cultures, ideas and nature is what makes VDC a truly humbling place to work. VDC provides an environment that encourages me to push at my best.
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