Ever since acquiring Nokia, Microsoft has been routinely cutting down on its workforce. First the company planned to cut 18,000 jobs by the end of March 2015, then shortly after that a further 7,800 job cuts were announced. In May of this year another batch of 1,850 jobs were cut and now, Microsoft is set to let go of almost 3000 more employees.
So far, around 900 out of the 2850 employees affected have been notified. Once again, this will mostly affect former Nokia employees, meaning by the end of all of these job cuts, Microsoft will essentially have nobody left over from the 2014 Nokia acquisition.
As Re/Code points out, the Nokia acquisition was the last big move made by Microsoft’s former CEO, Steve Balmer. Since then, Satya Nadella has taken the reigns and changed strategy pretty drastically, taking a step back from the Windows Phone push and instead opting to launch apps and services on competing platforms like iOS and Android.
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KitGuru Says: Microsoft has been letting go of a lot of employees over the last two years. However, from the sounds of it, the bulk of extra weight that came with the Nokia acquisition should be gone after this so perhaps there won’t be any more significant job losses.