Microsoft layoffs: Thursday’s the day

by tech on July 17, 2014

The ax will Thursday at Microsoft on Thursday, according to several sources. The company as reported, needs to slim down after its $7.17 billion buyout of Nokia and to focus on key “CloudOS” and productivity tools across devices. The cuts are expected to be substantial, insiders expected up to 10 percent, which would be a deep cut for Microsoft.

Speculation has been off the charts for more than a month — with one recently departed employee saying that insiders immediately scrutinized and worried over Nadella’s recent marching orders memo and the diagram depicting Microsoft’s “core” (shown below.)

“The amount of txts and emails this morning has been shocking,” he said via email after the memo went out. “Apparently this has been in the works for over 2 months. And if your product group isn’t in that circle he drew, it is likely done … and ‘combined engineering’ everywhere — which is a good thing [is big.] No separate test teams [going forward].”

Microsoft core

This story will be updated as more details become available.

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