It has been revealed that Microsoft is following up its Nokia acquisition with another round of job cuts. Around a year ago, Microsoft initially announced that it would be letting go of 18,000 people after it was set to take on Nokia's mobile division and now this year, it is going to cut a further 7,800 jobs in its hardware division as the company prepares to shake up its mobile business.
It was revealed a few weeks back that former Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop would be leaving Microsoft although at the time we did not know why. Most of the job losses will take place in the mobile side of Microsoft's business, the company is also writing off $7.6 billion related to the Nokia acquisition.
In a memo sent to Microsoft employees from CEO, Satya Nadella, he said: “We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem including our first-party device family. In the near-term, we’ll run a more effective and focused phone portfolio while retaining capability for long-term reinvention in mobility”. The Verge has the full memo up if you wish to read the entire thing.
We don't know exactly what this means for future Microsoft Windows devices but we do know that the company was planning at least two high-end Lumia phones to launch alongside Windows 10 for smartphones. Either way, that's a heck of a lot of people suddenly out of a job.
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KitGuru Says: Satya Nadella is continuing to make big changes over at Microsoft. Hopefully those affected by these mass job cuts find their feet quick enough.