Microsoft to add 1,000 employees in China

The software giant is growing its operations in the country with this recruitment drive, particularly research and development which it plans to increase expenditure in this area by 15 percent over the next year.

Software giant Microsoft intends to bring in another 1,000 staff in China over the coming year, as it ramps up its research and development (R&D) efforts in the country.

According to a report by Reuters Thursday, Redmond's recruitment drive will help beef up the talent pool in departments such as R&D, sales, marketing, and services, said Ralph Haupter, chairman and CEO for Microsoft's Greater China division.

It also plans to boost its R&D spend in the country by 15 percent over the same time period, noted Zhang Ya-Qin, chairman of Microsoft's Asia-Pacific R&D group.

Redmond currently spends some US$500 million annually on research and development work in China, Reuters added.