One day into a recent four-day tour throughout India, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates announced that Microsoft would invest an added $1.7 billion into its Indian operations over the next four years.The increase in funding will nearly double the workforce Microsoft already has in place within India, from 4,000 to 7,000 employees.

"Microsoft has been in India for 15 years now, and our commitment continues to grow," said Gates, in a statement from his meeting with Dayanidhi Maran, the Indian minister of communications and information technology, in New Delhi. "India's exceptional IT talent and vibrant local ISV industry is helping to empower a truly global knowledge economy."

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