Ya-Qin Zhang, chairman of Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Asia-Pacific R&D Group, told the Wall Street Journal that the company will add between 300 and 400 R&D staff in mainland China, adding to the approximately 3,000 people already working there.
Microsoft will also add 600-700 staff members in other parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, Australia and Korea. The company has a global research staff of 30,000.”We will continue to work to improve Windows, our next generation of office products which is more cloud based, and search and advertising,” said Zhang.
“We will also invest heavily on consumer products such as our Windows phone, TV and gaming platforms.”Zhang added that Microsoft will spend around $500 million in Asia this year, and around $9 billion globally on R&D. He admitted the company has faced challenges in the mobile software space, mainly from Google’s (News - Alert) Android and Apple’s iOS operating platforms.
The company is hoping its recent partnership with Nokia (News - Alert) Corp., will help the company gain more ground in Asia.