Microsoft Lays Off 3,000 Employees, Ending Rounds of Cutbacks

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Another 3,000 employees have been handed pinkslips at Microsoft, the company said Wednesday, as it wraps up eliminating 14% of its workforce, or around 18,000 positions.Around 638 of the layoffs were made in the Seattle area, where Microsoft is based, according to a report by Reuters.

A Microsoft spokesman said the reductions announced in July essentially end several rounds of cuts the company has made to meet its target figure of around 110,000 employees.

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In September, it cut 2,100 staffers, as part of its plan to reduce overhead by the end of the year. Those impacted by the cutbacks at the time involved staff across all of its divisions, including Santa Monica-based Xbox Entertainment Studios.

Microsoft, in July, said it would wind down XES, run by Nancy Tellem and Jordan Levin, so that the Xbox division could focus more on videogame franchises. It recently acquired “Minecraft” maker Mojang for $2.5 billion.

The majority of the overall layoffs were in Nokia’s handset phone business that Microsoft acquired.

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  1. Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

    Instead of working at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer is now playing “games” and reportedly worth $22.5 billion.
    Bill Gates and Paul Allen are “philanthropists” of incalculable wealth, who profited from the work of well more than a hundred thousand persons around the globe. Now what? For the sake of profit margins, 18,000 employees (i.e., human beings) of Microsoft have become fungible and expendable. Is this not what’s wrong with the American Dream: three (3) people succeed at the expense of 18,000 souls who are sacrificed on the altar of greed (i.e., filthy lucre) for the sake of a selfish, solipsistic and self-centered few? Microsoft shareholders should be ashamed of the horrific inequality from which they have and will benefit.

  2. giobravo says:

    Not good…

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