Microsoft has agreed to pay employees who work for the company’s sales and marketing teams to work on projects related to the software company’s Azure cloud computing platform.
The move was announced in an email to employees on Tuesday.
“We’re making these changes to ensure that our sales and customer support teams are able to build the next generation of products while retaining the resources they need to make these decisions and deliver on our vision of delivering value to our customers,” Microsoft said in a statement.
“These new arrangements align with our long-standing policy of using employees who are passionate about our product to help make the decisions that impact our customers.”
The move comes just days after Microsoft announced it would be buying LinkedIn for $19.4 billion.
Microsoft has struggled to find and retain top talent to work for its new business, particularly in the areas of business, technology, and consumer software.
In April, CEO Satya Nadella said that the company would focus on “creating the next great sales team” and that the goal was to create “a new generation of sales teams who will focus on building new products for Microsoft.”
In May, Microsoft CEO Satyendra Jain announced that the cloud computing business was a “valuable” part of Microsoft’s future and that he was committed to working on a new cloud computing product.