Microsoft job cuts could be on the way

Satya Nadella - Courtesy photo
Satya Nadella
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A Microsoft spokesperson couldn't comment on the scenario on Wednesday, but according to a lengthy memo that chief executive officer Satya Nadella sent to employees on July 10, layoffs may be forthcoming this month.

Titled "Bold Ambition & Our Core," Nadella's memo noted that on July 22, he'll announce earnings results for the past quarter and what company officials are planning in the fiscal year 2015 to focus on their core.

"Over the course of July, the Senior Leadership Team and I will share more on the engineering and organization changes we believe are needed," he added in the memo.

"Our ambitions are bold and so must be our desire to change and evolve our culture," he wrote. "Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture to deliver on this core strategy."

Nadella — who replaced Steve Ballmer in February — noted later in the memo that "every team across Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently" and that "I am committed to making Microsoft the best place for smart, curious, ambitious people to do their best work."

According to a Bloomberg report, some of the job cuts could be in marketing departments for businesses such as the global Xbox team; the European Xbox team is based in Reading, U.K.

Also, according to Reuters via, a Finnish newspaper reported that Microsoft is planning to cut 1,000 jobs in Finland, where it acquired thousands of employees via the Nokia acquisition. Microsoft currently has 4,700 employees in Finland.

In 2009, Microsoft cut 5,800 jobs, which could be close to the number this month, according to Bloomberg.


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