Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced that Microsoft will hire several thousand workers in China to support new Windows Phone devices and new cloud computing services based on Windows Azure. Microsoft is planning to expand its workforce from a current base of 4,000 staff in China. The expansion will take place during the next year.
“I visited China last about one year ago in May and it is remarkable to me how much has changed,” Ballmer, 57, said. “At Microsoft this is an incredibly exciting time.”
As China has become the largest smartphone market in the world, it’s an obvious move by Microsoft to focus on localized efforts on Windows Phone in China to increase sales.