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Microsoft to double Indian centers staff
Yahoo! ^ | Sun Sep 25, 7:32 AM ET | unknown

Posted on 09/26/2005 4:52:24 AM PDT by Salo

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) plans to double its staff strength at its Indian centers in Hyderabad and Bangalore by March 2006, a top company official said late on Saturday.

"We aim to ramp up the strength at the India Development Center (in Hyderabad) by another 1,000 professionals," Tess Field, Microsoft's head of human resources in India, told reporters on the sidelines of a management convention.

The Hyderabad campus in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is the software maker's largest campus outside the United States and provides product development and support services.

The 28-acre (11 hectare) campus, which opened last November, also houses a global delivery center and is part of a three-year, $400 million investment plan for India announced in 2002.

Microsoft also plans to double the headcount to around 1,000 staff members at its technology center in India's premier software hub of Bangalore, Field said.

India's $17.2-billion software services industry employs about 1 million people. Exports of software and business services are forecast to grow 30 to 32 percent in the year to March 2006, powered by the country's low-cost, IT-savvy and English-speaking workforce.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: apu; billg; billgates; india; microsoft
It's all linux's fault!!!
1 posted on 09/26/2005 4:52:28 AM PDT by Salo
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To: ShadowAce; N3WBI3; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Pings please.


2 posted on 09/26/2005 4:53:38 AM PDT by Salo (He hath touched me with his noodly appendage. Ramen.)
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To: Salo
powered by the country's low-cost, IT-savvy and English-speaking workforce. and lazy-ass American CIOs, MBAs and bean counters.
3 posted on 09/26/2005 4:55:39 AM PDT by evolved_rage (Democrats want Hell on Earth too....)
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To: Salo
Just to save you all the trouble: not safe for work if you work with uptight idiots.

Foamy Tech Support 2. (NEW!!!)

4 posted on 09/26/2005 4:58:46 AM PDT by Salo (He hath touched me with his noodly appendage. Ramen.)
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To: Salo
This one is genuinely not safe for work (but is funny):

Foamy Tech Support 1.

5 posted on 09/26/2005 5:05:21 AM PDT by Salo (He hath touched me with his noodly appendage. Ramen.)
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To: Salo

1. Regulation
2. Taxation
3. Litigation

The above 3 in excess are why capital and labor are fleeing the U.S.


6 posted on 09/26/2005 5:16:39 AM PDT by hubbubhubbub
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To: Salo


"Cherry Squishies for everyone!"
7 posted on 09/26/2005 5:25:35 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: Salo; martin_fierro

Hilarious!


8 posted on 09/26/2005 5:29:28 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: evolved_rage

"English-speaking "

Just like Micro$oft itself, that statement is technically correct while not being helpful.

Sure, they speak English, but the don't handle slang or vernacular well. Basically, they have trouble comprehending what you are telling them.

And why would this be a problem for a technical support? Geez, tech speak is like a foriegn language to most already. Micro$oft should check with Dell to see how their Indian support is going.


9 posted on 09/26/2005 6:08:42 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: brownsfan
Kind of like:

Q:"I'm having trouble printing".

A:"You Amercians are so lazy, why don't you re-program it in C++."

10 posted on 09/26/2005 6:52:47 AM PDT by evolved_rage (Democrats want Hell on Earth too....)
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To: rdb3; chance33_98; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Bush2000; PenguinWry; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; ...

11 posted on 09/26/2005 7:14:29 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Salo

And they'll still employ more US technical and support staff than all Linux builds combined.


12 posted on 09/26/2005 7:23:34 AM PDT by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: Salo
I think HW is still in effect until Wednesday
13 posted on 09/26/2005 7:57:53 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (If SCO wants to go fishing they should buy a permit and find a lake like the rest of us..)
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To: Doohickey

Being the large company they are, that is not shocking. I'm ok with the outsourcing as long as anyone I speak to speaks understandable English. The last time we called MS tech support, we got someone from China (we think) and had to request changes repeatedly until we got someone we could understand.

I do find it odd that after Dell's failure at outsourcing tech support to India, MS is going ahead with it.


14 posted on 09/26/2005 8:00:26 AM PDT by Salo (He hath touched me with his noodly appendage. Ramen.)
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To: evolved_rage

Q:"I'm having trouble printing on my Lexmark Z-11. The print is fuzzy".
A:"OK. Let me ask you. Do you have a printer?"


15 posted on 09/26/2005 8:02:47 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Salo
Waiting patiently for the MSBots to show up to condemn this.
16 posted on 09/26/2005 10:01:32 AM PDT by zeugma (Warning: Self-referential object does not reference itself.)
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To: zeugma
Two hours and still no responses. The silence is deafening.
17 posted on 09/26/2005 12:46:49 PM PDT by zeugma (Warning: Self-referential object does not reference itself.)
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To: zeugma

What's there to say? If you had a single clue, you'd know who the real culprit is, and always has been:

US tech giant IBM plans to increase its payroll in India this year by 14,000 workers, even as it cuts 13,000 jobs in Europe and the United States.

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=ibm++14%2C000+india&ei=UTF-8&fr=FP-tab-web-t&fl=0&x=wrt

IBM to acquire India firm with 6,000 employees

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2004-04-08-ibm-india-firm_x.htm?POE=MONISVA

IBM boosted its Indian staff from 9,000 at the end of 2003 to 23,000 at the end of last year, and, according to an internal planning document made public by a union, the total is on its way to 38,000 by the end of this year. "What you have seen in the past 5 years is nothing compared to what you'll see in the next 5 to 10," promises Mats Agervi, a tall, enthusiastic Swede who is vice-president for global delivery at IBM Global Services India.

http://yahoo.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2005/tc2005088_6314_tc024.htm


18 posted on 09/26/2005 7:06:49 PM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: Golden Eagle
Look folks, this troll can't even find it within itself to condemn microsoft for transferring jobs overseas. Rather than utter a disparaging word against microsoft, it points the finger at IBM.

Sad, and transparent. Tolls are so boring.

19 posted on 09/26/2005 8:31:42 PM PDT by zeugma (Warning: Self-referential object does not reference itself.)
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To: zeugma

Ridiculous, I'm just pointing out how quickly you guys are to condem Microsoft while constantly ignoring the much greater issues surrounding IBM. This is just another example, look at the links I just gave you, IBM has almost as many employees in India as Microsoft does worldwide, yet you whine about Microsoft instead. Complete hypocrisy, nothing else.


20 posted on 09/26/2005 8:58:22 PM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: Golden Eagle
Had I seen an article about IBM moving folks to India, I certainly would have commented on it. The article posted, however, was about Microsoft, and you responded with references to IBM. You are transparent.
21 posted on 09/27/2005 5:58:05 AM PDT by zeugma (Warning: Self-referential object does not reference itself.)
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To: zeugma

It is amazing fast how he can turn an anti-microsoft topic into an anti-IBM topic.


22 posted on 09/27/2005 4:56:03 PM PDT by amigatec (There are no significant bugs in our software... Maybe you're not using it properly.- Bill Gates)
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To: amigatec; zeugma

It's called relevant significance. You guys fake concern that Microsoft hired 1,000 in India, but seem quite content that IBM laid off 13,000 here and in Europe while hiring 14,000 in India. That's greater than an order of magnitude, if you have any idea what that means.


23 posted on 09/27/2005 6:33:56 PM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: amigatec
It is amazing fast how he can turn an anti-microsoft topic into an anti-IBM topic.

Indeed. I tire of responding to him. He's such a one-dimensional bore.

24 posted on 09/27/2005 8:00:34 PM PDT by zeugma (Warning: Self-referential object does not reference itself.)
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To: zeugma

Funny, considering just the other day I was educating you as to the differences between a "patch" and a "workaround" on a thread you created which proved you didn't know the difference.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1482107/posts


25 posted on 09/27/2005 8:42:57 PM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: hubbubhubbub; zeugma; Salo; Golden Eagle

This is not a question of hating companies. Its a simple fact that you can hire more people cheaper to do computer related work in India than in europe or US. And these jobs are not customer facing jobs where the person has to understand American Slang or accent.
English spoken in the US and in India is obviously different due to phrases and figures of speech as well as accent and communicating might be an issue but if you go to silicon valley more than 50% of those employees in the Silicon valley are already immigrants. And they have no problems getting along or communicating with Americans. Both learn to understand each other very quickly. I have worked in silicon valley myself for a long time.

The tech business will keep moving jobs out simply due to the economics. They can hire a person for 15$ an hour to do the same job that requires an american 40$. How many americans will pay 40 bucks for a product thats available for 15 in another store?
And its not just US companies. I was in India last year and you can see companies there from all parts of the world. Europe, Japan, Korea, US ..
There is simply no point in blaming any company.


26 posted on 09/30/2005 1:08:17 PM PDT by Arjun (Skepticism is good. It keeps you alive.)
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