Microsoft confirms more marketing and advertising layoffs

Microsoft is making some more job cuts in its advertising and marketing areas this week. The company confirmed on Wednesday that it has made the decision to lay off workers in both divisions, but would not say how many people have been affected.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft said, "I can confirm that there were job eliminations today at Microsoft. I can assure you we're thinking about the exciting new opportunities that Windows 8, Xbox and Skype present for our advertising and marketing partners."

Microsoft has a central marketing business, along with ad sales and marketing areas in other divisions of the company such as Windows, Xbox, Bing, and Office.

These new layoffs come just a few months after Microsoft made similar job cuts in its marketing divisions earlier this year. That round of layoffs eliminated 200 jobs at the company. In May, just before E3 2012, Microsoft announced it was shutting down its Inside Xbox video marketing and promotions team.

In early July, Microsoft announced it would take a one time non-cash charge of $6.2 billion to write down the cost of acquiring aQuantive. The Internet advertising was bought by Microsoft for $6.3 billion in cash five years ago.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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In the company that i worked, i never understand the point of the marketing division. Because, most of the works is outsourced to a marketing company.

They're making money by the boatload and they're firing people in these economically uncertain times.

Good to see companies take the social responsibility close to their heart. /s

Miuku. said,
They're making money by the boatload and they're firing people in these economically uncertain times.

Good to see companies take the social responsibility close to their heart. /s


Yes, it is superior to keep untalented people in a company which can lead to job losses for every department. That makes sense.

Miuku. said,
They're making money by the boatload and they're firing people in these economically uncertain times.

Good to see companies take the social responsibility close to their heart. /s

First of all, Microsoft is not a charitable organisation. Secondly, it is possible that they will create new jobs in areas that make more sense for their business.

judging by neowin's polls. where the smarter 1/3 of voters are not buying microsoft's claim on windows 8 and surface tablet. these nincompoops are not doing such a good job. lmfao.

Good. Gut the department entirely and bring in younger people that know what the younger generations like to see/hear. We deal with boring, old, out-of-touch people in every other company.

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Microsoft said, "I can confirm that there were job eliminations today at Microsoft.

So now Microsoft is a person?

sanke1 said,
First sack Windows 8 UI team..!!!

Why? You may not like it, but there are many people who do enjoy using Win8.

sanke1 said,
First sack Windows 8 UI team..!!!

Ya know, if you don't like Metro you can just stay in the classic environment. I've been using Win8 for about two weeks now and I was skeptical. There is a lot I love about the Metro interface and the Classic. What i found is that I spent a lot of my time on the Classic side but when to Metro for the ease of use that the Metro Apps provide.

I'm not sure why but going to a USAToday App is much nicer than going to the actual webpage. So I'm looking forward to a time when all my favorite sites/programs have their own Metro Apps assuming the apps work as nicely as the ones currently in Win8.

nohone said,
Why? You may not like it, but there are many people who do enjoy using Win8.

Thee people who like Windows 8's GUI, ribbon and Metro just got fired.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Yeah, that's one department that's definitely filled with dead weight.

well that would explain why the metro ui and icons / theme etc look like crap
2D flat pastel colored graphics that were done by students is what it looks like to me.