Menu
Microsoft said to plan more staff layoffs

Microsoft said to plan more staff layoffs

The new layoffs will affect the company's hardware group and other businesses

Microsoft plans a new round of layoffs that could affect its hardware and smartphones businesses, besides other parts of the company, according to a newspaper report.

The job cuts will be in addition to the 18,000 staff the company said it would let go about a year ago, The New York Times reported, quoting people briefed on the plans who requested anonymity. The announcement of the cuts could come as early as Wednesday, according to the report, which did not specify the number of staff that will be laid off. Microsoft had over 118,000 employees globally at the end of March, the report said.

The move is said to be a follow-up to the "tough choices" the company would have to make in areas where things are not working that CEO Satya Nadella warned of in an email to employees in late June.

The company acquired Nokia's flagging smartphone operations last year and, despite rumors that it was planning to sell it off, is unlikely to do so given the importance of mobile services to its business.

In a bid to refocus on its core business, Microsoft has handed off its display advertising business to AOL in nine markets. It also sold last month its Bing Maps street-image mapping operation to Uber Technologies, a deal that involved the transfer of about 100 employees working on image collection and data analysis.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags business issuespersonnelconsumer electronicsMicrosoftsmartphoneshardware systems

Featured

Slideshows

HP channel recognised at 2017 Partner Awards

HP channel recognised at 2017 Partner Awards

The HP Partner Awards 2017 at Shed 10 kicked off with an AMD-sponsored hackers lounge, a mysterious gaming style area filled with dry ice and red lasers, the waiters wearing Mr Robot style masks.

HP channel recognised at 2017 Partner Awards
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP New Zealand held an inaugural Evolve Education event at Aotea Centre in Auckland, welcoming over 70 principals, teachers and education experts to explore ways of shaping and enhancing learning using technology.

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch
Show Comments