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Microsoft To Sack 7,800 Employees Worldwide

Microsoft boss, Satya Nadella
Microsoft boss, Satya Nadella

Microsoft boss, Satya Nadella, is set to downsize the computer software giant’s workforce, with up to 7,800 people to be laid off globally, the company announced Wednesday morning. Most of the jobs are within its smartphone hardware business.
Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) had 118,600 employees as of March 30, with about 60,000 workers in the United States. The job cuts represent about 7 per cent of its staff.
This will be Nadella’s second major restructuring. He announced 18,000 layoffs in Nokia’s devices and services business last year, following Microsoft’s acquisition of the handset maker.
Former Microsoft head Steve Ballmer’s purchase of Nokia was one of his most criticised deals. Analysts attacked him for hampering the firm with an aging legacy business.
“It is a deal that makes no sense,” Ben Thompson, an independent analyst, wrote when the acquisition was first announced. “Adding on a mobile phone business that Microsoft probably should abandon is like attaching an anchor to said straitjacket and tossing the patient into the ocean.”
After Nadella took over Microsoft, he made it clear that he would have to make aggressive changes to revitalise the company. The company’s focus is now on cloud services and mobile software.
“We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem,” Nadella said inWednesday’s announcement. “In the near-term, we’ll run a more effective and focused phone portfolio while retaining capability for long-term reinvention in mobility.”
The latest cuts may be especially detrimental to Finland, where many of Nokia’s employees work.
Pekka Pekkala, the communications head for the country’s prime minister, said on Twitter that 66 percent of Microsoft’s Finland staff would be dismissed.
“Finland loses 2,300 jobs…pretty much killing the city of Salo,” Pekkala tweeted. [myad]

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