(Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. has spent more than $3 billion building up its cloud infrastructure in Europe, including $1 billion in the past year, as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella focuses on winning customers over rivals such as Amazon.com Inc. and Google.

Next year the software maker will open data centers in France as part of the investment push, Nadella said in an interview Sunday. Microsoft already has more than doubled its computing capacity to deliver Internet-based services in the region, including a network of centers in various European countries to address laws and preferences for keeping data stored locally.

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