Several divisions across Microsoft experience layoffs

In a round of layoffs that is being referred to as a 'minor cut', the company will be letting go of several employees across various divisions.'s Brad Sams reports that while staff from a number of operational areas will be leaving, the Windows and Devices Group led by Terry Myerson will experience the brunt of layoffs, while individuals from other divisions, such as those involved with the company's search engine, Bing, will also be affected.

Microsoft failed to provide specifics as to the extent of the layoffs, though it did confirm it was letting some people go. Sams speculates those affected may number in the hundreds. For a company employing more than 100,000 individuals, that's only a drop in the ocean but is certainly worth mentioning, especially for the sake of those who were terminated.

The company had previously laid off more than 18,000 people in 2014 as it was still in the throes of a major reorganisation effort, had just appointed a new CEO, and was dealing with a massive overlap of responsibilities due to the addition of 25,000 more employees following its acquisition of Nokia. More recently, 2,850 jobs at the company were cut in the company's fiscal year 2016.


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