Motorola researchers are experiencing bad times these days : Motorola Labs is to shrink by half, including teams in Europe (possibly including the knowledge technologies team I was leading in Paris ?). At the same time, Microsoft announces its plan to open an R&D center in Europe, possibly in France or UK. And this center would be involved in enterprise search technologies (called knowledge technologies under different skies).
My former colleagues may appreciate this future job opportunity and might consider applying there. And Microsoft HR people may cut their recruiting costs by quickly getting in touch with experts in applied research on knowledge and search technologies ! Unless Google Labs or Yahoo consider opening a similar center in Europe some time soon ?
Follow-up: the Microsoft R&D center will eventually be located in Paris *and* London *and* Munich. And the French Motorola Labs are to close their doors… errr… yesterday ? Good luck, dear ex-colleagues !
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