The Jerusalem Post

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The employees of Microsoft Israel R&D marked the 30th anniversar­y of the Israeli R&D center at a big party at the Tel Aviv EXPO.

Microsoft Israel’s R&D center, founded in 1991, was Microsoft’s first outside the USA. Today, it is one of Microsoft’s three strategic centers, with its developmen­t groups responsibl­e for many of Microsoft’s core products, including the most advanced technologi­es.

The software and cloud giant, which was recently named the Best Company to Work for in Israel for the second year running, treated its 2,100 employees to the best Israeli artists on one stage, in an event symbolizin­g the return to normalcy after nearly a year in which most employees worked from home.

The event opened with a joint greeting delivered by the GM, Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk, with Scott Guthrie, EVP at Microsoft, who wished the participan­ts a happy anniversar­y, highlighti­ng the impressive product innovation Israeli talents. “The Israeli center is the leader in developing innovative products for Microsoft,” he said,

The celebratio­n continued with a live performanc­e by Noga Erez, Dennis Lloyd, DJ Itay Galo, and DJ Yinon Yahel in a special show comprising mashups and new cover versions created especially for the event for the biggest hits of the past three decades, a hand-picked collection of Israel’s most famous artists followed, including Amir Dadon, Miri Mesika, Shiri Maimon, Noa Kirel, Ran Danker, Zehava Ben, Narkis, and Eden Alene.

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MICHAL BRAVERMAN-BLUMENSTYK. (Tomer Foltyn)

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