Microsoft is planning to open a new tablet gaming studio in London which will focus on developing games for Windows 8 tablets.
The new tablet gaming studio, which is expected to commence operations in November and will led by the former Rare production director Lee Schuneman.
Lee Schuneman said: "Adding a fourth UK-based studio to the incredible roster of talent already in place not only increases our in-region studio presence, but will allow Microsoft Studios to explore the many creative and business opportunities that developing new games and entertainment experiences on Windows 8 tablet devices and platforms will afford."
The studio will report into Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business EMEA corporate vice president Phil Harrison and will initially be based at Microsoft Studios' Great Pulteney Street premises in London.
Microsoft is currently hiring staff for the new store, including a creative director, incubation director, studio release manager and product manager.
Microsoft said it currently has three other UK studios: Rare, Lionhead and Soho Productions.
The company has already announced that its long awaited new operating system, Windows 8 will be available starting 26th October this year.