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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

Category: India
June 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM

“Microsoft subsidy bill” passes in WA state for children of H-1B visa holders

My Seattle Times colleague Lornet Turnbull wrote a story today about a “Microsoft subsidy bill” that the Washington state legislature passed granting in-state tuition rates for children of foreign professionals. It was dubbed the Microsoft subsidy bill because most of the beneficiaries are children of Microsoft workers who came to Washington state under H-1B visas. According…

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February 3, 2009 at 5:29 AM

Report: IBM offering to relocate laid off workers to India, China, Brazil

InformationWeek, citing an internal document, reports that IBM is helping recently laid off workers find positions with the company overseas. From the document:

“IBM has established Project Match to help you locate potential job opportunities in growth markets where your skills are in demand. Should you accept a position in one of these countries, IBM offers financial assistance to offset moving costs, provides immigration support, such as visa assistance, and other support to help ease the transition of an international move.”

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January 27, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Microsoft layoffs have minimal impact in China; no immediate cuts in India

Roughly 40 percent of Microsoft’s 96,000 employees work outside the United States. The company has subsidiaries in countries from Albania to Zimbabwe. How are the layoffs announced last week impacting Microsoft’s employees around the globe?

It’s hard to say exactly. The company is “not sharing specific figures that break out US vs. outside of the US,” a spokeswoman said via e-mail. But she did confirm earlier reports that Microsoft’s India operations had no layoffs during the initial round of cuts that came down Thursday. China, another important research and development hub for the company, was “minimally impacted.” The company declined to provide employment numbers for its India and China operations.

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