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October 2, 2012

Microsoft retail store hires rapper who proceeds to curse and stomp computers

Posted by David Hunter at 3:05 PM ET.

Microsoft Hires Rapper, Things Go Terribly Wrong. Hiring an animal act is always fraught with peril.

Filed under General Business, Microsoft, Public Relations, Retail Sales, Retail Stores

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September 14, 2012

Ballmer "goes Oprah" with Microsoft Employee Meeting Goodies

Posted by David Hunter at 1:20 AM ET.

All Microsoft Employees To Get New Surface Tablets, Windows 8 Phones and PCs

At Microsoft‘s annual employee meeting, held today in Seattle, Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft will be giving all 90,000+ employees what some are calling the “Oprah treatment” – a new Surface RT tablet to use at home and work , a new work PC with Windows (employees can choose between desktops, laptops, ultrabooks and tablets) and a Windows Phone 8 device to use at home and work.

Filed under Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

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September 10, 2012

Microsoft Plans Rapid China Expansion

Posted by David Hunter at 11:43 AM ET.

Microsoft on Hiring Spree in China

Software giant Microsoft Corp. plans to hire more than 1,000 employees to boost its existing staff strength in China over the coming year. This expansion is an attempt by Microsoft to ramp up its research and development (R&D) efforts in the country, to better compete with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in China’s fast-growing mobile Internet market.

Microsoft said that the new employees would be spread across its R&D and marketing segments and customer service. Currently, the company spends around $500 million annually on research and development work in China. It plans to boost its R&D spend by 15% over the same time period. Additionally, Microsoft is building a large cloud computing center in Shanghai that will employ around 600 more employees.

Microsoft plans large expansion in China to push cloud services

Microsoft’s so-called "go big" strategy for China, includes hiring 1,000 additional employees over the fiscal year, that will work in research, enterprise services, and support for the company. Currently the company has about 4,500 employees in the country.

The company also plans to increase its research and development investment in China next year, bringing it up by 15 percent from the current annual amount of US$500 million.

As part of the overall strategy, the company will expand its presence in 15 provinces and 20 cities in China by bolstering its staff and management and working with local government offices.

The investment is expected to help promote Microsoft’s cloud offerings — including Windows Azure, Office 365, and Windows Server 2012 — in China. It will also help as the company prepares for the upcoming release of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013.

Filed under Employee Retention, General Business, Microsoft, Offshoring

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August 23, 2012

Microsoft unveils a new company logo

Posted by David Hunter at 3:39 PM ET.


It’s not an embarrassment, but was it worth waiting 25 years for?

Filed under General Business, Microsoft, Public Relations

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