LAS VEGAS — Microsoft and its CEO Satya Nadella made it clear Monday that the tech giant needs to keep its workers in the workforce.
Nadella said the company has “a lot of talented people in the company” and “we’re looking to continue that momentum” as it continues to focus on its core business of software and services.
“It is imperative that we continue to grow the business and create a company that can compete and thrive in a global environment,” he said.
We have a lot of talent in the [Microsoft] company and we’re looking at expanding our talent pool.
In an interview on MSNBC, Nadellas chief of staff, Brad Smith, said Microsoft has “many, many talented people” in its technology operations, but “we have to be careful.”
“We’ve got to make sure that we have a sustainable, long-term future for these people,” Smith said.
The company is spending $3.4 billion to expand its workforce.
The money will go toward recruiting, retaining and training more employees, and “building out our talent base,” according to a Microsoft press release.
Microsoft also announced Monday that it will open its first office in China and a second in Japan.
The two offices will help expand the company’s global presence.
Microsoft said in the press release that the two offices are “designed to enable more efficient and efficient team collaboration across a wide range of products and services.”
“We are very excited to open these new office locations in China,” Nadello said in a statement.
“The Chinese and Japanese offices will serve as an important addition to our global presence.”
Microsoft and IBM have long been rivals in the data analytics industry.
The company has been trying to take on both companies in the field of artificial intelligence, a field in which both companies have been working for years.
Microsoft has been pushing for years to expand beyond its traditional research and development into a broader and more consumer-focused space, but has struggled to attract and retain top talent.
The company has also faced increasing competition from Google, which has launched a series of research centers in recent years to compete with Microsoft.