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Microsoft lays off more employees from its mobile division

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Microsoft lays off more employees from its mobile division
According to a report published today, Microsoft is laying off employees in multiple countries that were working for its mobile division. Some of those laid off were employed in Finland and had become part of Microsoft's mobile division after the purchase of Nokia closed back in 2014. The report goes on to add that some of the employees affected were working in a marketing department that didn't exist until Nokia Devices and Services became part of the software giant.

The exact number of job cuts is unknown at the moment, although it is believed to be a number in the "dozens." Last July, Microsoft announced layoffs of up to 7800 in its smartphone hardware division. At the same time, the company took a charge of $7.6 billion.

"The job reductions were spread across more than one business area and country and reflect adaptations to business needs. We go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals."-Microsoft spokesman

Microsoft sold only 4.5 million Lumia handsets during the fourth quarter, and the company makes more money from licensing its Android patents than it does from selling its smartphones. Some are expecting Microsoft to launch a Surface Phone in the second half of the year. The device will reportedly be more about design than specs, and focus on enterprise sales.

source: HelsiginSanomat via WindowsCentral

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posted on 11 Feb 2016, 00:56 1

1. lalalaman (Posts: 627; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


it's shty anyway

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:02 1

9. sgodsell (Posts: 3060; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Since Microsoft makes more money from Android and likes going after all the OEMs, and forcing them to be install their apps anyway.

I think it makes more sense to support the OEMs Android devices, than it does to support a dead platform like Windows Phone/Mobile. Besides it's missing the apps and ecosystem.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 05:14 3

12. FoneAddict (Posts: 257; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Windows Phone is Dead. Now rise Nokia RISE!

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 01:57 1

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2232; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


...... Time to ditch windows phone lol

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 14:39

19. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1513; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


You do not see Microsoft's Big Picture they will continue to make and improve Windows 10 Mobile OS and Microsoft's physical smart phones because they are the BEST smart phones to integrate and use with With Windows 10 Servers, Desktop computers, Laptop/Ultra books, and Windows 10 Tablets such a the great selling Surface 3 and Surface Pro Tablets. These devices number over 180 Million and more coming everyday. Android and Apple iphones operating systems are not compatible with these Windows 10 Computers OS. Windows 10 mobile smart phones using MS Universal apps are compatible with Microsoft's Windows 10 Desktop/Server Operating systems who's device numbers are selling, growing everyday unlike Windows smart phones which do not sell as well

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 15:09

20. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2232; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


What "MS Universal apps" are you talking about???

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 02:20 3

3. kyleo92 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


That's what happens when two of the largest tech companies merge together, large layoffs then trimming the 'fat'. Nothing out of the ordinary of a large buyout.

Clearly surface team are going to pick up marketing because that's the only hardware department with growth.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 02:36

5. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Trimming the 'fat'... I like it!

Now, I don't work at Microsoft so I might be wrong, but I think that's what really happening at Microsoft...

4.5 Million Handsets in the 4th quarter when people were expecting a move towards Windows 10 Mobile OS is a fairly respectable achievement in my humble view...

Now, this quarter might be interesting with the release of Lumia 950 and Lumia 550. And Lumia 650 and 850 being just around the corner...

But will Microsoft make it to ATLEAST 20-30 Million phones? That's a million dollar question in itself and to which MS Mobile Division's future relies on...

(Fingers Crossed)

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 02:27 2

4. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


I quote: It's shty anyway."

Ah, that's the typical behaviour of Android Arses who dismiss anything and everything that's Non-Android... Ha!

They even hate iOS that's so highly optimised that it runs EXTREMELY well even on a bloody Dual Core! I'm not a fan of iPhones, but I don't bury my head from reality...

Operating Systems like the extremely polished and well optimised Blackberry 10 OS, Nokia's Meego OS. And newcomers like Firefox OS and Samsung's Tizen are in a mass grave of Operating Systems because of this typical, idiotic behaviour of 'Staying away from strangers'...

Go, buy yourself an actual Lumia... Instead of reading comments over the internet...

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 03:41 2

7. tedkord (Posts: 9867; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No it's not. It's the reaction of an asshat, if which there are plenty in each camp, iOS, Android and WP. My reaction, as an Android user, is sympathy for the people who are losing their jobs, while the folks who caused the problems thought extreme mismanagement never feel the pain.

I don't hate iOS. I don't hate Apple. I do strongly dislike some their underhanded, anticompetitive actions. But I think they've gotten much better in that regard since Tim Cook took over. They do still have.some work to do, though.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:00

8. sgodsell (Posts: 3060; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Since Microsoft makes more money from Android and going after all the OEMs, and forcing them to be install their apps anyway. I think it makes more sense to support the OEMs Android devices, than it does to support a dead platform like Windows Phone/Mobile. Besides it's missing the apps.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 05:52

13. askarian (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


Calm down! numbers and preferences speak for themselves, Windows 10 is indeed in the hot zone

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:03

15. Podrick (Posts: 367; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


That bloody Dual Core processor you're talking about is among the most powerful mobile processor on the market. It has less cores and GHz but that doesn't mean its less powerful then competition. Its not always about GHz and cores.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:08 1

16. lyndon420 (Posts: 3710; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The products that apple makes are fine (although very limited in capabilities). I just have no respect for the company, and since I can't bash Tim personally I take it out on the products he releases. Although lately it has become even easier to bash his products since the quality of craftsmanship and software polish has apparently died with Steve. But credit is due where it's due...Tim gave his users screens larger than Steve's ideal 3.5" and that's about it. Their watch attempt doesn't count since it is going into their 'failed projects bin' (no actual sales numbers proves this).

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 02:37

6. nightfury (Posts: 71; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Microsoft os lacks apps, its as simple as that..

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 04:53 4

10. SamsungEU (Posts: 147; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


WP haz no apps and games !

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 06:44 1

14. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 233; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


True. And Mfans keep bashing ios cause of its true mobile apps that the company offers than microsoft does on their mobile.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 05:11

11. Chuck007 (Posts: 1001; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Something tells me they are relying more on their Surface team to design their future flagships?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:24

17. lyndon420 (Posts: 3710; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yeah? And what are they going to put into their Surface line that couldn't be included with their Lumia line? They've been half-assed trying to attract users for a few years now, and in the process probably lost more users than they generated. They need to release Hololens before someone else comes along and bests them again.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:19

18. isprobi (Posts: 607; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Personally if Microsoft had continued to develop Windows Mobile OS which had lots of apps instead of dumping it to start over with Windows Phone I might still be a customer. Even on my PC I make my Windows 10 look and work as much like Windows 7 as possible. All Windows Mobile really needed was a more touch friendly interface not a full replacement.

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