Title Microsoft has spent $1.5 billion in the past four years to hire more than 2,000 analysts and marketers to advise it on issues from cybersecurity to marketing.
The company has also hired more computer science graduates than any other technology company in the world, according to a recent report from the McKinsey Global Institute.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Wednesday that it’s been “one of the most rewarding years for our people and we’re committed to making it even more successful.”
Microsoft, which was founded in 1991, is the world’s largest software company.
It has more than 3.7 million employees worldwide.
The software giant has spent more than $1 billion on advertising and other marketing since the 2016 election, according a report from Bloomberg.
It hired more people at its offices in Redmond, Washington, than it has in the last five years, according the report.
A lot of the hiring was focused on marketing, which is the most important thing Microsoft has, Nadell said.
Microsoft said it has had “more than 500,000 employees since the inauguration,” though it could not provide figures on how many people it has hired.
In January, Microsoft announced it was buying LinkedIn for $19.6 billion.
Microsoft was also hiring more than 500 people in the first three months of 2017, including employees in the United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.