"There is just
great search talent here," Microsoft spokesperson Doug Free said
during an interview.
Microsoft has several offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it is now
showing a renewed interest in adding office space and employees.
Microsoft already has offices in San Francisco and Mountain View -- about one
million square feet of office space -- and 2,000 employees.
Microsoft would have been able to add 2 million square feet of office space and
an additional 5,000 employees to its Bay Area roster.
The fallout from the failed Microsoft deal has seen a number of Yahoo
executives flee the company over the past several months. The Mountain
View-based company also laid off 1,000 employees in February.
According to the San Jose Mercury News,
Microsoft sent a detailed email to marketing staff and select engineers. "Your
name was brought to my attention as someone who may be very knowledgeable in
the online business space," the email reportedly said. "I know
a lot of people from Yahoo have been reaching out to us lately because they are
nervous about the pending layoffs. I wanted to give you an opportunity to
explore Microsoft careers as well."
DailyTech sent emails to Microsoft asking for further details regarding its
recruiting goals, but has not yet received a reply.
But executives leaving Yahoo may be more likely to join one of the many Silicon
Valley start up companies.
Bloomberg spoke with several recruiters who said Yahoo executives have
contacted him, but likely wouldn't have done so if the company wasn't
currently undergoing restructuring. Several of the ex-Yahoo
executives avoided Microsoft by joining Silicon Valley start ups Topspin and
Auditude, SearchMe and Nuance.
Microsoft is continuing its hunt for Yahoo executives after placing ads in the San
Jose Mercury News newspaper.