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BBC News: Canada woos Microsoft

Jun 02, 2000, 17:27 (23 Talkback[s])

"As the US software giant Microsoft waits to hear whether an American judge will order its break-up, it has been revealed that the company is being encouraged to relocate its operations to neighbouring Canada."

"The authorities in British Columbia have offered to do a deal with Microsoft. They are promising favourable treatment which may include a loan to build a new headquarters if Microsoft agrees to move its operations 100 miles further north, to the other side of the Canadian border."

"Microsoft currently has around 20,000 employees in Seattle. Transferring its headquarters could have a devastating effect on the economy of the north-west corner of the United States. But it would also frustrate the American authorities' attempts to break the company up."

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