Microsoft announces 18,000 jobs to go
Microsoft has announced their biggest ever round of job cuts slashing a whopping 18,000 jobs world wide.
The bulk of the job cuts are related to the recent merger with Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia. The bulk of the cuts will come from Nokia with around 12,500 going from that part of the business.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained the cuts saying, "The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers.”
"We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions,” he went on, “and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months."
As part of the transition they will also can the Android-powered Nokia X handsets and shift focus to the Windows Phone-powered Lumia range instead.
Nadella added, "We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps."
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