Todd Bishop has the story at his blog and in the Seattle PI (linked within the quote):
Without any fanfare, Microsoft updated the employee count on its Web page of corporate data Wednesday. The new numbers reflect a net addition of more than 10,000 people worldwide in the fiscal year ended June 30, bringing the total to 71,553. In raw figures, it’s the biggest annual increase in the company’s history.
No wonder it’s so hard to find a parking space on the Redmond campus these days.
The total increase is about twice what Microsoft was projecting at the beginning of the fiscal year. See this story for more on the reasons for the employment growth…
More by following the links but the total increase was 10,081 worldwide, up 16% from June 30, 2005 with no breakdown by job category. Microsoft says it’s due to all the new products in the pipeline. Bishop contacted the anonymous Microsoft employee who runs the Mini-Microsoft weblog that is constantly critical of Microsoft “bloat” and his reaction was, “Goodness gracious.” I’d say that the growth in the number of contractors might also make interesting reading.