Neowin reported yesterday that there were rumors of possible job cuts within Microsoft, and today these rumours turned into reality. Although Microsoft never publicly announced the layoffs, hundreds of workers were told today they would be losing their jobs.
Rumours scattered throughout the company yesterday that Microsoft will continue pruning jobs around the company, and today an unknown amount of workers were laid off, this number was reported to be “in the hundreds.”
The layoffs are reported to be scattered throughout the company, and on a global scale; the hardest hit was in the Seattle region, where cuts were in the low hundreds. Supposedly the largest amount of cuts were made to the marketing department, according to sources that are familiar with the situation.
Microsoft, which employs 88,596 people worldwide as of the end of June 2010, originally planned to cut up to 5,000 jobs by June 2010. Microsoft started their layoffs roughly this time last year when they announced that up to 5,000 people will be facing layoffs. At this time, the company cut 1,400 jobs, with another 3,000 following shortly after.
Employees being cut today were told they could apply for other jobs within the company that were still hiring.