Microsoft May Announce Job Cuts This Week

Kate Patrick Contributor
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Microsoft may be cutting jobs as it downsizes to become more “focused and efficient,” Bloomberg reported, and we may see an announcement about job cuts as soon as this week.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants to make “sweeping changes” to the way Microsoft is run.

“Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture,” Nadella told Bloomberg in an interview.

Unidentified sources told Bloomberg this will most likely result in job cuts. Based on Microsoft’s history with “sweeping changes,” this speculation doesn’t seem all that far off.

“The restructuring … may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009,” Bloomberg reported, citing two unidentified people.

In 2009, Microsoft cut 5 percent of its employees, most likely a direct result of the 2008 financial crisis. Bloomberg noted this time around, Microsoft is downsizing almost immediately after the purchase of Nokia, a mobile-phone business.

“The company had 127,104 employees as of June 5, after adding about 30,000 in its acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit,” Bloomberg reported.

It’s common for a company to downsize after merging with another company, and Microsoft is no different. According to the Chicago Tribune, Microsoft beats both Apple, Inc. and Google, Inc. in numbers, touting 127,000 employees. Microsoft’s plans about what they plan to do with some of those employees may be available as soon as this week.

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