Microsoft Settles Down Amongst the Dons

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Science  30 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5548, pp. 1819
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5548.1819

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- Microsoft hopes Cambridge University's academic hothouse will provide fertile soil for its own researchers when its first lab outside the United States officially opens its new building next week. But why is a heavyweight like Microsoft, which many perceive as the epitome of 21st century capitalism, putting down roots alongside the ancient colleges in this tranquil academic town? And what does the university gain by supping with the often-vilified corporation? Microsoft and Cambridge scientists say the attractions are mutual.