Bangalore: Microsoft India R&D, which currently has a development centre in Hyderabad, today announced expansion of its activities to Bangalore.
The Bangalore team will focus on product development and applied research in web search and online ad technologies.
“It will initially have 200 plus employees, vast majority of whom would transition to Microsoft from Yahoo! as part of the Microsoft-Yahoo! Search alliance,” Satya Nadella, Senior Vice-President, R&D, Online Services Division (OSD), Microsoft told reporters here today.
“The Bangalore centre joins Hyderabad as one of the core hubs of development and research for OSD. The innovations from our Hyderabad team are already having significant impact on our US, UK, Canada, Australia and India products. The combined skills and talent of our existing OSD team at Hyderabad and the Yahoo! employees who join us now in Bangalore will enhance India’s contribution to our OSD innovation charter inclusive of Microsoft Bing and Microsoft Ad Centre,” he said.
“We are confident that once transition is completed, the companies’ unified search market place will deliver even greater and improved innovation for consumers, better volume and efficiency for advertisers and better monetization opportunities for web publishers,” Satya said.
Of the 400 Yahoo employees taken, 200 were from India.