Microsoft plans job portal in India

NEW DELHI: Microsoft Corp yesterday announced that it was in talks with partners in government and industry for a job search portal.

The company said that it plans to launch a job search service this year for the country's nearly 400,000 engineers graduating every year. Microsoft's job portal will compete with Info Edge (India) and Monster Worldwide’s, among others. Its online portal will provide educational content to students.

The company has also entered into an agreement with Advanced Micro Devices and Zenith Computers to make and sell personal computers in India.

The computers, priced at Rs 21,000, would be sold in 10 retail outlets each in Bangalore and Pune from July on a test basis for three months and will be expanded later on the basis of response.

"We don't see any gain in the short term. Our perspective is long term," Microsoft India chairman Ravi Venkatesan told reporters.

In 2006/07 the total installed base of PCs in India was 22 million, that is, a PC for about every 50 Indians, industry tracking body IDC said in a recent report.

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