A timely snapshot
Microsoft Corp. said it will invest $280 million in a Beijing research and development center, and will double the number of full-time research and development staff in China to 3,000 in three to five years.
During a groundbreaking ceremony for the center on Tuesday, Zhang Ya-Qin, chairman of Microsoft China, said the country is already Microsoft's largest area for research and development outside the U.S.
Microsoft's China R&D Group now has 1,500 full-time staff, and another 1,500 working on a project basis. The center will be completed in 2010.
On Tuesday, Microsoft also announced that it will invest $147 million over the next five years in South Korea for developing technologies for use in cars and in games.