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posted by janrinok on Saturday July 30 2016, @12:02AM   Printer-friendly
from the perhaps-they-should-have-asked-Cortana dept.

The job cuts were revealed in paperwork filed on Thursday with US financial watchdog the SEC. The doomed staff will leave the business by the end of next June. They all work in Microsoft's sales teams and its Windows Phone hardware division. [...] We understand 900 people in the global sales unit have already learned of their fate.

As for the latest redundancies, here's the relevant sections of Microsoft's annual 10-K report to the SEC:

In addition to the elimination of 1,850 positions that were announced in May 2016, approximately 2,850 roles globally will be reduced during the year as an extension of the earlier plan, and these actions are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017.

As of June 30, 2016, we employed approximately 114,000 people on a full-time basis, 63,000 in the U.S. and 51,000 internationally. Of the total employed people, 38,000 were in operations, including manufacturing, distribution, product support, and consulting services; 37,000 in product research and development; 29,000 in sales and marketing; and 10,000 in general and administration.

While the layoffs affect just 2.5 per cent of Microsoft's workforce, they are very precise and telling cuts: Windows-powered mobiles managed to seize just three per cent of the global smartphone market, and now Redmond is dismantling that failed operation.

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  • (Score: 0, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:27AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:27AM (#381829)

    It's easier to insert the mouse into own's ass without any jagged buttons. That was probably the idea.

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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:52AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:52AM (#381836) Homepage

    Steve Jobs as the salesman enjoyed putting his smooth creations up his own ass, because that's the ultimate test of user-friendliness. Wozniak put them up his nose. Either way, there was a lot of stretching going on.

    I can imagine the internal meetings revealing the products-to-be with a bunch of normal people, who weren't fetishists in the matter, to attend.

    " Why are we here again, listening to a stinky coke-addict and a fat extreme nasal-insertionist again? "

    " Because they're visionaries, or something. "

    And what those "visionaries" were telling the crowd was,

    " Baby Boomers are paying us ridiculous amounts of money for overpriced devices! We're like the Prius of home computers! "
    " Yaaaaayyyyyyyyy!"

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:08AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:08AM (#381847)

    What does Disney have to do with Microsoft's phone downsizing? :)