Microsoft moves to Redmond
26th February 1986
In January 1985, Microsoft decided to move its corporate headquarters from Bellevue to Redmond, Washington. Construction work began on August 9 1985, and Microsoft moved into the new facility on February 26, 1986.
The campus was situated on a 30-acre site. In the 1920s, the same site had been home to a chicken farm. Six buildings were initially built, nicknamed "X-Wing" buildings because of their shape. These buildings were arranged around a pond which was nicknamed "Lake Bill", after Bill Gates. The pond was used for company celebrations, with managers being thrown in after successful product launches.
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