Over the next couple of years, Microsoft is set to expand its experimental Garage program to a trio of new locations, the company has announced. As detailed on The Garage blog, those additions will include new locations in China and India in the first and second halves of 2017, respectively, as well as one in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2018.

Microsoft's experimental Garage program is expanding to 3 new locations

If you're unfamiliar with The Garage, it's an initiative borne out of Office Labs in 2009 that really started gaining momentum in 2013. The main thrust of The Garage is to give employees a dedicated place to explore ideas with all of the tools they could need. Over the past few years, a number of apps and services have sprung up out of The Garage, a recent example of which includes a Video Breakdown service that lets people upload video, which is then analyzed so that it can be searched for specific words and elements.

Microsoft says it chose the latest trio of locations because of their proximity to "large concentrations of employees—a critical mass with a high level of diversity that is ripe for innovative thinking." These three new locations will join a pool of 7 that already exist or are under construction now. The most recent of these, located in Herzliya, Israel, only opened in July of 2016 and a Silicon Valley location is also set to have a grand opening soon.