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

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.

See More: Why Xbox Was Always Going to Struggle Making Original Shows

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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