Microsoft Sheds 3000 Jobs In Major Re-org

CNBC is one of a number of news outlets that are reporting that Microsoft is undergoing a major re-org which will include the layoff of 3000 people. Most of them will be in sales and most will come outside the US. The purpose of the layoffs is to help Microsoft to focus on selling their Azure cloud services which is currently booming for them. Now, is this a big deal? From a numbers perspective maybe not:

Microsoft has 71,000 employees in the U.S. and 121,000 employees around the globe, suggesting that these cuts are relatively small compared to the size of its entire workforce.

Though, that’s likely not going to wash with any of the 3000 who have been let go. Having said that, it is a big deal from the perspective of focusing on an area that is big for the software giant. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the near to medium term.


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