Microsoft is reportedly about to lay off 'thousands' of staff

Microsoft is reportedly about to lay off 'thousands' of staff

This latest reorganization comes shortly after the end of Microsoft's 2017 fiscal year, which wrapped up Friday.

Chief Executive Satya Nadella has sought to reduce the tech giant's focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services.

The two took office after the long-service COO Kevin Turner left the company a year ago.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced thousands of layoffs around the world.

The company unveiled the steps in an email to staff Monday that was obtained by Bloomberg.




Microsoft declined to comment on the report. The reorganization is quite significant, although it still isn't confirmed whether the company is actually laying off some of its employees.

Bloomberg is also reporting that a Microsoft staffing shuffle is in the works, with the firm looking to reorganise its business so that it can "better focus on selling cloud software".

With the reorg the enterprise sales teams will focus on selling Microsoft software and services to six industries -education, government, retail, health, manufacturing, and financial services.

A report from TechCrunch says Microsoft is planning a massive worldwide layoff to restructure its salesforce.

The last round of major cuts to Microsoft's workforce came in 2016. That move was aimed at consolidating some of the company's cloud and AI business units under a new Cloud AI Platform business which will encompass Azure Search, Azure Machine Learning, the Microsoft Bot Framework, R Server and the Algorithms and Data Science Solution team. Coming to this conclusion upon assessing the market dynamics of the sixty-largest cloud computing companies, Bracelin touted Microsoft as having "unmatched product depth and breadth". It laid off 7,800 employees back in 2015, made another 1,850 job cuts a year ago, and two months later it announced an additional 2,850 job cuts, at least 900 of which were from its sales department.

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