Microsoft Ups R&D Workforce In China By 10%

Software giant Microsoft is planning to increase its research and development team in China by almost 10 percent in response to the country's booming smartphone market.

Microsoft's Asia-Pacific R&D Group chairman Ya-Qin Zhang said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that the company plans to add 300 to 400 R&D staff in mainland China.

The Windows maker currently has a R&D team of 3,000 staff in China and another 700 in other parts of Asia like Hong Kong and Korea. Microsoft's global R&D staff is 30,000 strong.

Zhang said that the company's R&D budget for Asia is around $500 million this year. The company's overall R&D budget amounts to $9 billion each year. Microsoft plans to leverage its partnership with Nokia to boost its smartphone presence in China.

“We will continue to work to improve Windows, our next generation of office products which is more cloud based, and search and advertising. We will also invest heavily on consumer products such as our Windows Phone, TV and gaming platforms,” Zhang said.