Microsoft eyes Silicon Valley expansion with 65-acre land buy

Microsoft has snatched up a large chunk of land in San Jose as it plans for an expansion in Silicon Valley.

According to The Mercury News (via Neowin), Microsoft has purchased 65 acres of land in San Jose. The plot of land, which reportedly cost Microsoft $73.2 million, sits along State Route 237 between Alviso and Milpitas.

Microsoft looks to be eyeing the land as a site for expanding its cloud infrastructure. In a statement to The Mercury News, Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations manager Christian Belady confirmed as much, stating:

We continuously explore opportunities to meet the needs of a future based on cloud computing and internet services, so we're thrilled to find a great one in the heart of Silicon Valley

According to development options on file with the city of San Jose, the project, referred to as "237 Industrial Center," could include up to 1.2 million square feed of light industrial facilities. Another option would allot up to 437,000 square feet for a data center and up to 728,000 square feet for light industrial facilities.