Microsoft has made a large purchase of land in Loudoun County, Virginia, about 50 miles NW of Washington DC. 332 acres have been acquired for $73 million, covering a large part of Compass Creek (via WBJ). The area is quickly becoming a war zone amongst the biggest cloud companies, with Amazon and Google also recently buying land in areas nearby.
The company hasn't announced its plans for its newly-acquired land, but the area is home to many data centres, making it a good opportunity for Microsoft to invest in a new data centre in this area, helping bolster its Azure services, while competing with Amazon and Google in the area. A spokesperson for Microsoft explained that they're continuing to invest, but didn't announce anything further:
We continue to invest in Virginia, but have nothing further to share at this time.
Amazon and Google are a short hop away, in Chantilly and near Leesburg respectively, so it makes sense for Microsoft to put plans in place to have its own space nearby.
As we find out more about Microsoft's plans for Loudoun County, we'll let you know.