Microsoft to cut up to 5,000 jobs


The BBC have just reported that Microsoft are to cut up to 5,000 jobs.  This appears to be a pre-emptive strategy based on forecasted sales over the coming months.  Jobs are going from nearly all departments, and I wouldn’t be surprised if bonuses are capped and salaries fixed next.  This is becoming a common story, but very uncommon for Microsoft.  To quote from the BBC report:

“Richard Williams, an analyst at Cross Research, said: “Microsoft has never had a layoff like this in my knowledge, and it’s sending a signal that the times are definitely changing.””

They are also making cost cutting measures in other areas, and I’d love to know where.  They talk about reducing travel expenses, but I wonder if their IT budget is expecting a chop too.

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One thought on “Microsoft to cut up to 5,000 jobs

  1. Actually, thinking about it, they have recently virtualized much of their server estate, including ALL of their internet facing websites (citation needed, but trust me, I read it somewhere).
    That means, according to their own statements, that their IT budget requirements must already have been slashed. No wonder they can afford to spend so much money publicizing Windows 7.

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