MAS­SIVE LAY­OFFS AT MI­CROSOFT

The ven­er­a­ble tech gi­ant an­nounced that over 18,000 of its em­ploy­ees will be let go in the com­ing year, mak­ing this the com­pany's largest lay­off till date.

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The bulk of the lay­offs, which will af­fect about 14% of the com­pany's work­force, will be from Nokia's de­vices and ser­vices busi­ness, which was ac­quired by Mi­crosoft a few months ago. In a memo to his staff, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Satya Nadella said that Mi­crosoft found many re­dun­dan­cies be­tween the two com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing both pro­fes­sional and fac­tory work­ers. This re­struc­tur­ing is part of the com­pany's new strat­egy, he said, which will “fo­cus in­tently on im­prov­ing its mo­bile and cloud pro­duc­tiv­ity soft­ware, in­clud­ing Of­fice 365, Win­dows Phone, Win­dows Azure, Skype, OneDrive and Bing”. The lay­offs are ex­pected to cost the com­pany up to $1.6 bil­lion (QR5.8 bil­lion) over the next year and is only the sec­ond mass lay­off in Mi­crosoft's his­tory, af­ter 2009 when the re­ces­sion forced it to cut over 5,000 jobs.

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