By Paul OstrovskyMicrosoft has hired seven people in China to work on its cloud computing business, a person familiar with the matter told Polygon.
Microsoft has not disclosed the number of those jobs, but Polygon first reported on the hiring on Friday.
Microsoft confirmed the hiring to Polygon on Monday.
The hiring of the people comes just days after Microsoft announced that it was cutting more than a dozen employees in the United States, including its US operations chief, in an effort to slash costs.
Microsoft’s US cloud computing operations were shut down in February, after the company said it had been hit with massive fines from U.S. authorities and that its systems were infected with malware.
In February, Microsoft said it was taking steps to ensure the safety of its cloud servers.
It had announced earlier that it had acquired a “smaller but still significant” amount of AWS-hosted data centers in China, a move that would have cut its AWS sales by a significant amount.
Amazon has been a big customer for Microsoft over the years, and the company has used AWS for cloud computing for years, but it was Microsoft’s AWS-to-cloud computing deal that made the deal so attractive to the Chinese government.