Microsoft will announce on Monday that it will open a research center there in 2021, marking the first time the company has opened a new research center outside of the United States.
The move comes as the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant seeks to expand its global research presence by building a new headquarters in Taiwan.
“Microsoft will create and expand a new global research and development center in Taipei, with an emphasis on its research and innovation capabilities,” the company said in a statement.
The news is the latest in a series of moves by the Redmond company to establish itself as a global leader in artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing.
The announcement marks the first significant move by the company toward a major new global headquarters.
The Microsoft campus in Seattle is the second largest in the United Kingdom and one of the world’s busiest, with more than 3 million employees.
The company has a presence in more than 30 countries, including China, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, India, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Australia.
The new headquarters will be the first new Microsoft facility in the world since it opened in Taiwan in 2016.
The campus is located in a former coal mine that has been a popular tourist destination for decades.
The site is a key hub for Microsoft’s research and tech efforts in Taiwan, a country that’s been at the center of a global debate about online censorship and the role of government and the private sector in the internet.