Microsoft: They’re hiring, big-time

According to Mary Jane Foley’s Microsoft Watch, the company is planning to to hire another 4,000 to 5,000 people in the coming fiscal year.
I’d like to know how that number compares with the number of people AOLTW laid off in the past year–they could be fairly comparable. On a related note, I heard a rumor that Microsoft makes it a point to avoid hiring people from AOL if at all possible–they consider it a sign of weakness. Of course, they hired my friend Dean Wright away from AOL to be editor in chief of–but he’d worked there before we lured him to Netscape.