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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: 2) by tibman on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:41AM

    by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:41AM (#381881)

    Microsoft only had 3% of the market so they fire everyone and burn their phone business to the ground? So stupid. Doesn't it make more sense to scale their personnel down to support a 3% market share? That's still a small mountain of money. Why would anyone ever buy a windows phone again? Developers won't waste their time building apps for a platform that will melt down in only a few short years. All that time spent learning the phone SDK is wasted.

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  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Saturday July 30 2016, @10:11AM

    by Bot (3902) on Saturday July 30 2016, @10:11AM (#381924) Journal

    >Microsoft only had 3% of the market so they fire everyone and burn their phone business to the ground? So stupid.

    I guess they make enough money without investing a dime by software patents regarding Android and patents from Nokia portfolio.

    The real stupid is Nokia, who did not impale Elop on a rusty enough pole of his burning platform.

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