Microsoft transforms office in radical revamp

Microsoft transforms office in radical revamp

SINGAPORE - The cubicle is set to go the way of landline phones and the eight- track, Microsoft reckons.

Employees at its Marina Boulevard office are free to roam with laptops across an open-plan space that looks more like Starbucks than white-collar purgatory.

If this internal effort - called New World of Work - takes off within Microsoft, the external payoff could be even larger.

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The labyrinth of the newfangled that such an office needs - video conferences, meeting room bookings, and an app that helps you locate a colleague in the office - runs on a dense network of Microsoft software that other firms might soon find they need.

Already, enterprise customers have trooped into the Singapore office by the hundreds, trying to wrap their heads around how such a work environment can be adopted.

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