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It will hire the extra 1,000 employees throughout 2012

Microsoft is planning to employ 1,000 more workers in China this year in an effort to reach the full potential of that market. 
Microsoft already has 4,500 employees in China, but will add another 1,000 throughout 2012 for research and development (R&D), services, marketing and sales. About 600 people will be employed in the new cloud computing center in Shanghai as well.
This move is likely a result of recent troubles Microsoft has had with China. In January, the tech giant sued Gome Electrical Appliances Holding for installing pirated versions of its software on computers. Piracy is a common issue in China, and aside from that, Microsoft also wants to appeal to public institutions and local governments to address regulation problems in the country
The ultimate goal is to increase China research and development spending by 15 percent throughout late 2012/early 2013. Microsoft currently spends $500 million per year on the area. 
With Windows 8's release just around the corner, Microsoft is likely looking to boost sales of its new operating system in more markets -- and prevent piracy. China is also a market that the iPad has been successful with, and Microsoft probably wants to see the same with its mobile devices, like the Surface tablet, as well. Microsoft needs to play a bit of "catch up," since it didn't test the Chinese smartphone market until just this year -- far behind others like Apple and Android. 

Source: Reuters

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RE: At first I was like, "Hell yea!"...
By FITCamaro on 9/6/2012 5:51:28 PM , Rating: 4
You say that until you're thrown to the sidewalk by police for spitting. Or realize you can't get to the whole internet. Or are choking for breath from the pollution.

By semiconshawn on 9/6/2012 6:30:17 PM , Rating: 3
The internet is funny. You can hand pick your own reality. Its the roaring 50's in China right now, just minus the freedom and prosperity.

By wordsworm on 9/6/2012 11:45:55 PM , Rating: 1
If you want to get rid of the pollution, you'll need to send some pot smoking hippies, liberals, and environmentalists.

RE: At first I was like, "Hell yea!"...
By slunkius on 9/7/12, Rating: -1
By FITCamaro on 9/7/2012 7:00:52 AM , Rating: 3
And that's why you don't think for yourself.

I have no problem with air quality measures. I have a problem with the EPA. Because the federal government has no authority to create it and spend money on it. States are capable of instituting their own air quality measures. And if the states wanted the federal government to handle it, they could pass a Constitutional amendment to give the federal government the power to do that. And only that.

By BifurcatedBoat on 9/7/2012 11:50:44 PM , Rating: 2
Think of capitalism as a football game, and the government as the referee. If the ref doesn't throw a flag when players attempt to hurt each other, it's going to devolve into a game of blood.

"Market forces" aren't going to fix a problem like pollution, because my own individual pollution only affects me (and everyone else) just a little, but the cost savings in not having to deal with it properly benefits me significantly. So of course I'm going to keep on polluting.

Similarly, if the people who buy my products don't live near me, then they don't care whether I'm stinking up the place somewhere else.

By Samus on 9/7/2012 2:01:52 AM , Rating: 2
Hood, it's damn near treasonous to refer to current China as "like America during the 50's and 60's" because they have none of our freedoms, specifically freedom of speech, collective bargaining, right to firearms/self defense, and their government is far more corrupt and dilluted than ours ever could be and most importantly they have absolutely no middle class, which is a requirement because the middle class defines that "simple" lifestyle you want so much.

sigh. God bless America.

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