Microsoft cuts 800 more jobs

Microsoft has confirmed that it will be cutting 800 jobs effective today. The jobs will be cut across many different product groups and about a quarter of them will come from the Seattle area.

The final 800 cuts complete the announcement in January that the company would terminate 5000 employees over the following 18 months. Employees who are affected will be notified today.

"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had said in May that the company was almost, but not quite completely, finished with the planned 5,000 job cuts at that point. Microsoft has continued to hire in some areas even as it has cut back in others, reducing the net effect of the job reductions."

As the ugly side of the economy continues to show its head, we can only hope that the company will right itself and not need to reduce its work staff in the future.

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Oh not again they did this last year and they canceled all interview, I was willing to apply this year and see if Im lucky but as long as they are cuting jobs Im sure they will do like last year and wont accept any new employees or do any interviews :S

Yes but because Windows 7 can be considered as a final-product (not like Vista that was a transitional product), then there is not need to keep a thousand of developer working at once where a small group can patch the code and nothing much else.

Oh ffs.

Microsoft is not just about Windows. Also, you need to think that a company can grow too big as well. Cutting back could be a good thing for Microsoft, but obviously not for the employees and no doubt that Microsoft has a very good reason for doing this.

toadeater said,

Windows/Server/Office is MS's primary source of revenue by far. MS took a big hit from Vista's failure.

http://www.microsoft.com/msft/earnings/fy1...10.mspx#Channel

I'm sorry but did you actually read your own link? Segment revenue and operating income/loss clearly show Windows as one of their lowest earners (and second highest losses). If you are trying to use the 2008 versus 2009 totals as evidence that Vista had a huge impact on Microsoft then you are sorely mistaken and need to go back to ACCY101--the reduction in 2009 revenue is across the board and not just in the Windows segments indicating additional causality; i.e. the global economic crisis.

The fall in Windows revenue in 2009 versus 2008 is furthered by the anticipation of Windows 7 causing a freeze on the OS market while consumers wait.

omni1 said,


I'm sorry but did you actually read your own link? Segment revenue and operating income/loss clearly show Windows as one of their lowest earners (and second highest losses). If you are trying to use the 2008 versus 2009 totals as evidence that Vista had a huge impact on Microsoft then you are sorely mistaken and need to go back to ACCY101--the reduction in 2009 revenue is across the board and not just in the Windows segments indicating additional causality; i.e. the global economic crisis.

The fall in Windows revenue in 2009 versus 2008 is furthered by the anticipation of Windows 7 causing a freeze on the OS market while consumers wait.

Everyone know that MSFT makes most of there money in the Enterprise. I lay user is just a blip on the MSFT radar. Huge volume licensing is where the monies at!

waldenasta said,
Everyone know that MSFT makes most of there money in the Enterprise. I lay user is just a blip on the MSFT radar. Huge volume licensing is where the monies at!

That's pretty much it. Though, from what I have been told, Microsoft's Office for Mac makes more then Office for Windows as it is almost always sold at full RRP versus the abundance of discounts offered on Windows versions of Office.

artfuldodga said,
i actually welcome job cuts, the slimmer MS gets, the better

You've obviously never been made redundant before.

He does have a point, all I hear about is all the managers MS has, and there's all this middle layer between the top brass and the low end coders so stuff gets bogged down.

One of the things that helped win7 was that they cut back on the middle men and reworked the different devisions.

Besides these aren't new, they're the last line of old job cuts from back in Jan. It also doesn't state in which specific areas they worked on. If some part needs 4 workers but you have 8 and it doesn't seem to be helping, it only makes sense that you either move the extra ones to something else or cut them loose. That's just how it goes.

Good, but sad thing about this, is that 4975 were salaried employees!!

To lose or be able to cut that many jobs is definitely a sign that they had way to many employees (chiefs), to begin with!

Still sad to hear about anyone losing their jobs now a days.

Good points everyone. I'd like to see how many people were transferred to different areas, or were fired and hired in another department.

I suppose it's easy to forget how many people work for Microsoft. People generally see Microsoft as Windows, Office and Live.

As the ugly side of the economy continues to show its head, we can only hope that the company will right itself and not need to reduce its work staff in the future.

yeah really ... for such a big company this is not good news =\

So... this isn't NEW job cuts, it's just them actually cutting the jobs they announced in January.

Meaning it's not necessarily a sign that the company's still doing bad, just not good enough to go back on the cuts they said they'd make almost a year ago.

Title could use some clarification than

What disgusting turds.
They're making a huge deal of money now with Windows 7, and they still fire thousands of people.
Ballmer should be shot in the head for this.

He is cost saving, moreover the decision such as this is massively unlikely to be part of his remit,

Having been through redundancy a few times, I know it's nothing personal and a business practice that is necessary