Microsoft announced its “GR for GRowth” initiative, a significant technology commitment to support the people, government and businesses of all sizes in Greece with technology and resources. As a part of this plan, Microsoft will build new data centers that will establish a Microsoft Cloud region in the country.
Microsoft Cloud region in Greece
Microsoft President Brad Smith made the announcement at the New Acropolis Museum alongside Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece Prime Minister, and Theodosis Michalopoulos, General Manager of Microsoft Greece, Cyprus and Malta.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said,
“By a substantial margin, this is the largest investment Microsoft has made in Greece in the 28 years we have been operating here. In part, this reflects confidence that our world-leading datacenter technology can help enable innovation and growth across Greece’s economy. In addition, this large investment reflects our optimism about Greece’s future, its forward-leaning government, and the country’s ongoing economic recovery.”
Microsoft will investment of approximately $1 billion into the Greek economy. The agreement between Microsoft and the Greek administration includes digital-skills training programs for roughly 100,000 government and private-sector workers. The new data centers will bring with them Microsoft’s cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform.
Microsoft has a 28-year history in Greece with a growing ecosystem of 3,000 partners and customers, including startups, enterprises and NGOs.