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Microsoft has operated in EMEA since 1982. In the region Microsoft employs more than 12,000 people in over 55 subsidiaries, delivering products and services in more than 139 countries and territories. If you have never been to the corporate offices of Microsoft in Europe they are impressive. Whoever the interior designers they were created an inviting, elegant ambiance. Even the lessor offices featured the most popular shades. In the offices where afternoon sun glare would be an issue the roman style shades all had blackout lining which offers light control, energy conservation, along with noise control. Certain Roman shade styles are better than others for frequent raising and lowering the shade multiple times a day. And sure enough flat and hobbled Roman shades were used. The fabric was linen in the lesser offices but was silk in the offices of executives. (Sorry for that diversion but I am a drapes maven so I tend to notice those things.)

On a different diversionary note, I also observed in several of the executive offices photographs of (I assume) their daughters dressed up in colorful princess dresses. My own daughters are at that princess stage and are totally into going online with their mother or baby sitter to look for dresses for princesses. We have had many a princess inspired tea party, birthday party, and sleep over where wearing a princess dress was a must. I am always astounded with the accessories which also must be bought. I don’t know how many tiaras, crowns, and cone shaped hats my girls now own. And then there are the wands, gloves, shoes, jewelry, and capes that must coordinate with the princess dress. Anyway, it made me smile seeing those pictures of little dress up princesses in the executives’ offices.

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