Microsoft to invest $700 million in new data centre to support cloud service & Xbox Live

Monday, 24 June 2013 09:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft has confirmed it will invest around $700 million in a new data centre in Des Moines, Iowa. The facility will support the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud computing services and Xbox Live moving forward, a Microsoft exec has stated. reports that the investment will take Microsoft’s total spend in the region to around $1 billion.

In a statement sent to the Des Moines Register, general manager of Microsoft’s data centre services Christian Belady said that the investment “supports the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services.”

The news follows Microsoft’s statement that Xbox Live will be spread across some 300,000 by the time its next-gen console launches in November.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has denied a November 27 release date for Xbox One.