Recently laid off? Worked at Microsoft? You’re not the only one. The company has recently fired more than 2,850 people from their positions in an effort to transition their focus solely into cloud computing. The announcement came in May of 2016 but was later expanded to include even more lay offs in July of 2016.
From that filing: “In addition to the elimination of 1,850 positions that were announced in May 2016, approximately 2,850 roles globally will be reduced during the year as an extension of the earlier plan, and these actions are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017.”
A Microsoft spokesperson said the company wouldn’t comment further than what was already stated in the SEC filing and would not say how many of those being cut already have been let go. The job losses are primarily in the company’s phone hardware business, where they are also taking a $7.6 billion write-down related to the Nokia acquisition, plus a restructuring charge of between $750 million and $850 million.
The majority of the 2,850 in the new round of cuts have already been notified, including 900 people earlier this month related to the restructuring of Microsoft’s sales organization. Additionally, Microsoft announced that its Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner would be leaving the company for a new job, and that his responsibilities would be divided among existing Microsoft executives as part of a sales and marketing reorganization.
Before Turner’s departure was announced, Microsoft’s chairman of the board hinted in a Bloomberg interview that Microsoft planned to make some changes to its sales organization in order to speed up the company’s transition to the cloud.