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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: why?
By FastEddieLB on 9/7/2012 3:39:34 AM , Rating: 2
You think the fortune 500 companies pay all their tax liabilities?

Yes, they do. If they don't, they find their figurative heads in a figurative noose and the figurative hangman is the IRS (America's Tax Collection Agency.) They'd be shut down and sent to prison in a heartbeat if they were evading taxes.

Why do you think your energy costs so much.

Because the EPA refuses to let us replace our filthy expensive coal burning plants with less expensive and far cleaner Nuclear energy, they won't let us UPDATE our current nuclear plants with modern technology, they won't let us drill for our own fossil fuels thus forcing us to rely on imports, we don't have enough refineries to keep up with demand, and of course there's also how Obama killed the Hydrogen fuel cell research funding within his first 6 months in office. Did I miss anything? Pretty sure I could find some more.

You're government has got to get the money for it's wars somewhere, because the big boys certainly aren't paying.

First off the word you want is "your" not "you're" though I can forgive you since English clearly is not your first language. As for where they get the money, they get it from taxing everyone! We have this thing here called "income tax" which basically means that the government has the right to steal a set amount of money from our paychecks. That is, everyone who gets a paycheck.

I get what you're saying, you want the rich to "pay their fair share." Well, their fair share would be everyone paying the same percentage. That's the only way I can see it being fair.

RE: why?
By nick2000 on 9/8/2012 11:51:04 AM , Rating: 2
There is no such thing as "drilling for our own oil" unless you want the government to drill and own the oil. We lease to oil companies which in turn will sell on the open market. The quantities would ot be enough to really change the price. In short, that would do exactly nothing for us.

Nuclear seems like a good option if we can have new plants but power companies only want to turn crappy ones back on. A new plant is rather expensive and a lot of people do not want one anywhere close. It does not make easy. I saw interesting "all-in-one" fail safe nuclear generators that can power a moderate size city for 10 years with zero maintenance but am not sure how people would feel about that (they have to be buried so dont't really affect landscape).

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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