Reports have revealed that Microsoft will be offering jobs to as many as 400 of Yahoo’s software professionals, most of who are working on search technology, in order to try and boost the search-domain collaboration that the two technology majors had announced sometime back.
About 50% of these employees will be coming in from Yahoo’s 2,000-worker strong Bangalore research centre, as has been shared by a Senior Yahoo Executive. An official announcement about the same is expected to come from Microsoft during this week.
“Two hundred of our best-of-breed talent involved in search infrastructure technology will be offered options with Microsoft. This will happen over the next one year and shows the maturity level of our local R&D centre”, said Yahoo India R&D’s chief Shouvick Mukherjee.
He also specified that these employees would be provided with an option to join Microsoft and they would not be under any bindings to switch.
The development is being undertaken mainly because Yahoo, under the new partnership plan, is moving away from the search infrastructure, which is inclusive of website indexation and mining of user-generated data, in addition to focusing more on display advertising, multimedia searching and, Microsoft’s latest obsession, cloud computing.