February 29, 2008 / 11:47 AM / 12 years ago

Baidu.com to launch an instant messaging service

A staff member of Baidu.com near the door at the company's headquarters in Beijing in this picture taken on August 5, 2005. REUTERS/China Newsphoto

(Reuters) - China’s top search engine Baidu.com Inc said it plans to launch an instant messaging service, called “Baidu Hi.”

All elements of Baidu Hi including product design, research and testing will be handled independently by the company, which is in the process of recruiting additional personnel for developing the product, Baidu.com said in a statement. (Reporting by Sreerupa Mitra in Bangalore)

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