Microsoft has laid off 62 software testers. The company that in Bill Gates' latest keynote showed that bugs in its software are an everyday reality, claims that automation is to blame for making the 62 testers redundant.
The Seattle Times, reporting on the subject, is quick to blame the outsourcing trend as the true culprit here. Microsoft strongly denies any ties to any of the company's outsourcing deals with companies in India – which is a politically sensitive topic these days in the US.
And even if Microsoft would outsource its software testing to India. Why would there be anything wrong with that? The USA has no moral monopoly to provide the rest of the world with its software.
As Sun CEO Scott McNealy always points out to the outsourcing whiners: if a company makes 60 percent of its revenues from overseas markets, it's nothing but fair if it would employ 60 percent of its labour force outside of the US as well.
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