Microsoft is moving ahead with its restructuring plan it had announced two months ago and is cutting another 2100 positions. Microsoft had announced that it will be chiseling off 18,000 positions, or about 14 percent of the company’s workforce.
A spokeswoman for Microsoft said via email, “The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries. We will continue to go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals and recognition of their service to the company.”
In its first wave of layoffs Microsoft had given the pink slips to 13000 employees in July. It is not clear when the remaining 2900 jobs will be cut and whether it will happen at one go or in installments. When the layoffs have been done, it will be the largest in the Microsoft’s history.
Most of the employees who have been given the pink slip in July had been part of the Nokia’s devices and services work force. Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices and services for US$7.2 billion in April, two months after Satya Nadella’s appointment as CEO. The deal was clinched in 2013, when Steve Ballmer was still CEO.
In his July public memo to employees about the job cuts, Nadella wrote that “our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers.”
This was half of the Nokia employees that came over with the acquisition.
Experts have hinted that Nokia job cuts were a part of a strategy by Nadella who is finding it hard to come to terms with the acquisition his predecessor had effected and could see him eventually divesting Microsoft of the Nokia business altogether.