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Microsoft's Aussie office revamp: photos

After spending months revamping its Sydney campus, Microsoft Australia yesterday invited staff to repopulate the newly refurbished third and fourth floors and ZDNet Australia took a look behind the scenes.

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Visitors are greeted by the Microsoft logo as they enter the Sydney campus at 1 Epping Road.

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Microsoft Australia's headquarters has seen refurbishment operations take over floors one to four, with floors three and four reopening to staff yesterday.

Seen here is the hexagon design that carries through the fourth floor. Everything from the wall art to the coffee cups bear the same design.

Floors one and two are still undergoing renovations and will be completed shortly.

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Each floor is littered with foliage.

Staff get access to their own individual locker (behind the desk). They are encouraged to be creative with their locker using the blackboard strip on the front of the storage unit.

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Each of Microsoft Australia's new meeting rooms is designed for a specific purpose. This is a boardroom-style set-up, with other rooms including high tables and stools for fast-paced work-in-progress meetings as well as chilled-out lounge areas for informal catch ups.

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Microsoft Australia's entire office is now based on the concept of hot-desking, where staff are given a laptop and access to a standard set of equipment on each desk so that they can sit at a new location each day.

Each desk comes with the silver and blue Toshiba desktop interface, two large LCD monitors and network connection facilities. This user was lucky enough to be sitting next to Microsoft Australia's new managing director, Pip Marlow yesterday.

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The new kitchen area on level three comes with a foosball table and wall-mounted plasma screens, which Microsoft intends to install Xbox 360 consoles complete with the Kinect motion game system for staff to enjoy during their downtime.

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Small lounge areas are situated throughout the offices and act as an almost sound-proof meeting space for informal catch-ups.

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Another eclectic lounge sits amongst the consumer design team.

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The office is wired with VoIP telephones.

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Each meeting room bears a unique name as voted by staff. Level one rooms will bear Australian beach names, level two will bear names of Aussie bands, level three has great cities of the world (such as this) and level four bears Australian landmark names.

Landmarks include everything from The Great Barrier Reef to Old Parliament House and even the famous hot dog and pie bar, Harry's Cafe de Wheels.

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Another of Microsoft Australia's quirky meeting spaces, this one is shielded by stage-like curtains for privacy.

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Shaped lockers make the space resemble an old science-fiction film.

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Foliage gives way to Microsoft Australia's "nightclub zone" on the fourth floor with electric blue all around.

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Each meeting room comes with a Microsoft Roundtable device, which contains several microphones and a moving camera that looks at whoever has the floor in a video-conference. The Roundtable devices have earned the affectionate nickname of Daleks among the Microsoft Australia staff.

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The view towards the Lane Cove Tunnel from the fourth floor.

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This sweeping glass frontage greets visitors and staff alike as they arrive at Microsoft Australia.

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