RE­PORTS: LAY­OFFS SET AT MI­CROSOFT

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

●●● World­wide lay­offs are about to hit Mi­crosoft.

Ac­cord­ing to sev­eral news out­lets, the soft­ware gi­ant is set to cut thou­sands of jobs across the globe in an at­tempt to re­or­ga­nize its sales force. The news could come as soon as this week.

The re­or­ga­ni­za­tion is go­ing to in­clude Mi­crosoft’s en­ter­prise cus­tomer unit and one or more of its sub­ject mat­ter ex­perts-fo­cused di­vi­sions, TechCrunch re­ported.

The move dove­tails with the com­pany’s plans to fo­cus more on mar­ket­ing and sell­ing its cloud soft­ware, Azure, ac­cord­ing to Bloomberg. For years the Red­mond, Wash.,-based com­pany had fo­cused on sell­ing soft­ware for desk­tops and servers. Now the com­pany wants to put more ef­fort into per­suad­ing cus­tomers to buy cloud ser­vices hosted by Mi­crosoft data cen­ters to be more com­pet­i­tive with mar­ket leader Ama­zon.

A re­port from the Pud­get Sound Busi­ness Jour­nal said that Mi­crosoft will an­nounce its fu­ture plans on Wed­nes­day.

Mi­crosoft didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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