MOSCOW, November 10 (Sputnik) – Multinational software and electronic corporation Microsoft has decided to transfer Russian Skype developers from Moscow to headquarters in Prague and other cities worldwide, PR-manager at Microsoft Russia, Kristina Davydova told Sputnik on Monday.
“Some of the developers were incorporated into international teams located in Prague and other cities. The Microsoft Development center in Russia [‘Microsoft Development Center Rus’] is still operating, and our contribution to the development of the Russian market remains stable,“ Davydova said.
The group of developers was working for Skype in the Zelenograd Nanotechnology Center located on the outskirts of Moscow, which has never been considered a company headquarters, Davydova noted. According to the PR-manager, all services will be provided internationally from other countries. Some of the developers will stay in the Russian Development Center of Microsoft; the number of engineers who will move to the Czech Republic and other countries has not been disclosed, she added.
Apart from Prague, Microsoft has Skype training and development centers in London, Palo Alto, Redmond, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vancouver.
Originally Zelenograd Skype team members were working for the Russian Qik Company. The Qik service offered video-sharing between users and video-conferencing applications to stream video from phones to the Internet. The Qik Company was acquired by Skype for $150 million in January 2011.