MICROSOFT is stealing a march on its biggest rival Apple with a combined launch of new products in Ireland and winning a top spot in Great Place To Work here.
Microsoft Ireland was named number one in Ireland in the Best 25 Multinational Workplaces in Europe. Others that made the list included Diageo, eBay and McDonald's.
John Ryan, CEO of Great Place To Work Ireland, said the country is very well represented in the Top 100 companies in Europe to work.
"A total of 13 Irish-based companies made the list, considering that nearly 50pc of the 100 companies on the list are based in one of the 'Big 5' European countries," he said.
And Microsoft's new 'tablet with PC capabilities' – Surface Pro – is proving a hit with customers here with prices starting at €879.
The click on magnetic keyboard allows users to switch from the ease of tablet browsing to the heavy requirements of a laptop or PC. The system includes a 10.6-inch 1080p full HD display – which is touchscreen – allowing users to switch from high-end entertainment such as streaming TV and games, to the full Windows 8 experience.
The Surface Pro is currently on sale at www.microsoftstore.com and at Harvey Norman stores.