Uber Buys Microsoft Data Center, Map Imaging Operation

Microsoft says deal one of many steps taken to focus on core strategy

Yevgeniy Sverdlik

June 30, 2015

1 Min Read
Uber Buys Microsoft Data Center, Map Imaging Operation
A smartphone displays the ‘Uber’ mobile application which allows users to hail private-hire cars from any location in 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Uber, the popular ride-sharing software company, has bought a Microsoft data center and other assets that support mapping image collection operations for Bing.

San Francisco-based Uber isn’t saying much about its plans for the assets, and Microsoft explained the move simply by saying it was one of “many actions” it has been taking to focus on its core strategy.

“Over the past year, we have taken many actions to focus the company’s efforts around our core business strategy,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “In keeping with these efforts, we will no longer collect mapping imagery ourselves, and instead will continue to partner with premium content and imagery providers for underlying data while concentrating our resources on the core user experience.

“With this decision, we will transfer many of our imagery acquisition operations to Uber.”

Assets sold to Uber include a Microsoft data center outside of Boulder, Colorado, cameras, software, and a license to Microsoft’s intellectual property, the spokesperson said.

According to news reports, Uber is also gaining a sizable image-collection team, consisting of about 100 employees.

Spokespeople from both companies declined to provide any more details about the transaction.

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