New Delhi: Microsoft India, the wholly-owned
subsidiary of world`s biggest software firm, is going easy on
hiring this year and will instead focus on consolidation, its
country head said on Monday.
"There will be no significant hiring," Microsoft India
Chairman and Corporate Vice-President Ravi Venkatesan told
reporters on the sidelines of the India Economic Summit here.
Microsoft, which has a headcount of 5,300 people in the
country, had hired "a few hundreds" last year.
Most of the top domestic and transnational companies go
for campus placements from the engineering and management
schools around October-December.
Venkatesan said "(Steve) Barmer (global CEO) has gone on
record saying this is a period of consolidation," rather than
adding to the headcount.
The USD 58-billion global software leader has six business
units in India, which include research centre, development
centres and sales and marketing divisions.
The company, which boasts of running most of the personal
computers worldwide on its operating system, has three centres
in Hyderabad. The other units are in Bangaluru and Gurgaon.
Asked about the response to the Microsoft`s latest
version of the operating system Windows 7, Venkatesan said "we
are seeing very good early response".
While the global launch of the much-hyped operating
system Windows 7 was on October 22, the company started
shipping it to India in the first week of this month. But it
had about 1,000 pre-launch installations.
"Today this number is close to 2,000. The consumer
response has been very positive and favourable but its early
days," Venkatesan said, adding in the next 30 days, 100
different models of laptops and PCs loaded with Windows 7
would hit the Indian market. The company`s previous operating
system Windows Vista did not get good response from the users.
Venkatesan said the issue of customs holding the Windows
7 consignments has been resolved and the product should be now
shipped without much difficulty. "Hopefully, our exporters
have been able to clear the shipments," he said
The windows 7 consignments were held at customs because
of tax dispute leading to a possible double tax. The issue
related to the same software product being taxed twice - once
as a goods and again as service. The Central Board of Excise
and Customs has taken the corrective action.