As part of its plan to increase commitment to the country, Microsoft has announced 600 new jobs in Ireland.
The company has chosen Dublin as the location for one of its four Inside Sales Centres, which will be designed to create a personalised sales experience for customers.
As part of these plans, 500 jobs have been created with immediate effect, and the remaining 100 roles will be made across operations, engineering, data centre management, search account management and traditional customer sales.
The company first established its presence in Dublin in 1985.
"The establishment of their transformational Inside Sale Centre is a testament to the attractiveness of Ireland as a location with our strong commitment to our EU membership, a competitive tax regime, a business-friendly environment and a skilled workforce with high levels of education," says Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland, added: "The team in Ireland has a long track record of helping the company to deliver against its vision and strategy and now there are opportunities for 600 more individuals to play their part in making the vision a reality.”
"I would like to take the opportunity to thank the government and the IDA for helping to bring this investment to fruition."