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Microsoft possibly about to announce biggest amount of layoffs since 2009

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Microsoft possibly about to announce biggest amount of layoffs since 2009
Microsoft is reportedly about to announce its biggest round of job cuts, since 2009's 5800 layoffs, with the possibility to surpass that number, say anonymous resources in the know. This move is part of the corporation's ongoing plans to slim down and further integrate Nokia handset unit. The cuts will possibly be announced this week and will affect Nokia and/or Microsoft divisions that overlap with each other, as well as the marketing and engineering departments.

Just last week, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella issued a mission statement, calling for more focus and efficiency. What exactly the new CEO has in mind for future operations is yet to be unveiled later this month, according to his words.

Nadella's memo also calls for further emphasis on mobile devices, cloud-computing and productivity software. In an interview last week, the CEO said that with the new cloud methods of building software, developers are able to test and fix bugs on their own, omitting the need for a large chunk of testers. When asked whether this implies job cuts, Nadella declined to reply.

source: Bloomberg via CNET

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posted on 15 Jul 2014, 07:48

1. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2057; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This is a great move! Now MS can concentrate more on their ultimate goal, i.e. Mobile and cloud. This can only mean better things to come for WP and Windows. Can't wait for Windows 9!

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 07:52 10

3. tech2 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its just fancy way of saying: We're struggling and so we need to let go of some employees as Windows 8 wasn't that successful.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 07:56 10

4. Liveitup (Posts: 1506; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Yeah when Google and other profitable companies lay off employees guess that means they are struggling as well.

You are truly troll of the day as some said earlier.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 07:59 4

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1506; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Nobody said a word about Google! Man, please stop.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:24 3

12. Liveitup (Posts: 1506; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Google have the largest market share within devices and is the most valuable brand it surpassed Apple. In a situation like this if known Google fans are critical of a smaller brand laying off workers it is fair and common sense to point out that larger companies like Google do the same thing.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:12 12

8. tech2 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Common sense 101#

Laying off few employees means the employees are underperforming

Laying off 5000+ employees means the company is underperforming.

Last time I remember Google laid off so many employees were of Motorola when Motorola was bleeding red on its P&L which again proves my point.

P.S.: No need to start a Google vs MS flame war everytime someone says anything bad about MS.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:16 2

10. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I think his point is valid though. Looking at your posts you seem to focus on any negative subject on Microsoft and you like to paint the worst possible picture. When Google did the lay offs you said zero about it with regards to under performing

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:30 5

15. tech2 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I even focus on negatives on Samsung but if you want to draw conclusions on what you want to read then that's you prerogative.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:34 2

16. Liveitup (Posts: 1506; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


When Google also bought Motorola 4,000 employees layed off as well.

http://blog.cases.com/google-to-lay-off-thousands-of-motorola-employees

It happens get over it.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:57 3

20. Liveitup (Posts: 1506; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Oh come cut the act we all know that you overwhelmingly bash MS.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:27 2

13. Liveitup (Posts: 1506; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Google not to long ago layed off 1200 workers etc I would not call that a few by any margin. You common sense 101 lacks common sense.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:34 4

17. tech2 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Google layed of *Motorola's* 1200 & 4000 workers, not their own.

Exactly !! that happened when Motorola was showing loss on its P&L. Therefore, more loss = more employee lay offs. That actually falls in line my point. So that means MS laying off = under performance.

You actually helped proved my point further. Thanks.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:58 3

21. Liveitup (Posts: 1506; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


How are people who you employees not your own? my goodness.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:16 3

27. tech2 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LOL.....So now you're saying that Motorola's loss has nothing to do with so many employees being laid off !? Like MS, Motorola were only 'concentrating' on important projects and laid off the other staff xD

Common sense 102#

Anyway, people that are hired by you are your own employees not the employees working at other company you own.

Dumb version: A Motorola's employee is not a Google's employee since the employee doesn't work for Google but Motorola and is bound by Motorola's code of conduct not Google's. Google being a parent company can only dictate strategic actions not micro manage the company.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 22:05 1

49. Liveitup (Posts: 1506; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Regardless if its Motorola loss Google was in control of the company at that time, look at it this way when Google bought Motorola who paid the employees salary was it Google or Motorola, the article metioned Google by name, Motorola became a subsidiary of Google before it was sold it was a division of Google. For someone who talks about common sense 101 and 102 you certainly lack it, I didn't even read your silly reply until just now.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 02:09

52. tech2 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


'Motorola became a subsidiary of Google before it was sold it was a division of Google' - Completely incorrect.

Before Motorola Mobility was sold to Google it was a division of Motorola (other division being Motorola Solutions) NOT Google. Check your facts.

I don't want to start a Business basics 101# but....

When Google acquired Motorola Mobility it became a SUBSIDIARY of Google and not DIVISION. There's a big difference how a subsidiary and a division exists. A subsidiary has its own governing council with CEO and BOD which makes independent decisions at managerial level (Google will of course be involved at strategic level) unlike a division. In short, employees' cheque will read paid by Motorola not Google.

Let it be you're just digging a hole for yourself. 'nuff said.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:07 1

23. volcano (Posts: 267; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


or you simply cant see it, after acquiring Nokia D&S they have 127104 employee if they think they have more than what they need why waste resources on people who they don't need

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:10 3

24. akki20892 (Posts: 3623; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Flame war started by himself and he telling us. WTH?????

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:14 2

25. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2057; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


He's lost some sense. It'll be a while till he gets it back.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:12 2

29. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It's more like you.

Look at your username: NokiaFTW.

That really shows who and what you are.

A Nokia MS fanboy.

You have no state of grounds upon thy your insecurities.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:17 1

32. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Says a former member named TROLL.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:22 1

33. akki20892 (Posts: 3623; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


oh my god, you breaking best friendship.......!!!
lol

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:38

34. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2057; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Hey Troll Trollerson, go away. Nobody in your family needs you, and nobody on this site needs you as well. Take a hike, to North Korea.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:24 2

41. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmao

What's wrong with you

You must be 18

Off topic

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 14:13 2

42. tech2 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LOL....how old are you ?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 15:29

43. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


If Google starts laying people off, you'd better start praying to your god if you believe in such a form of 'blind faith'...in my world there is Google and then there is God - and God ain't listening (because he doesn't exist) and Google currently rules the planet.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:17 1

31. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Aswell as Wp, was an "epic fail" getting resources from Androids patents, which gets poured into the failing Wp platform. Even that was not enough to keep the failing Wp platform, that MS, needs to inject millions more from its own offshore revenue.

Wp is and was a fail.

Lmao

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 07:57 1

5. Ashoaib (Posts: 2385; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


so, does new CEO mean more jobless people? I bet his own income will be in millions per year... why not he cut his expenses?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:40 2

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5922; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


CEOs cut their expenses only as a last resort.

Only way for new CEO to impact financial performance right after taking the job is to cut expenses. New revenue streams were baked well before he took his new job. If primary source of company revenue growth (Windows) is struggling, got to cut expenses somewhere. Nokia Devices business unit is prime area for eliminating redundancy.

It sucks for the former Nokia employees whose jobs are in jeopardy. Life in corporatocracy 101 (aka living life as a serf).

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 17:54

44. Penny (Posts: 1249; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


+1 for accuracy and knowledge.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:29

14. boosook (Posts: 1081; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Hope this is irony...

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:38 2

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3602; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'm so glad you and livingitupunderarock are not one of them, Both of you teens can have your pocketmoney for another few years. :)

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 07:50 2

2. AfterShock (Posts: 2904; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Winds of change blowing through Redmond.
Many will paint this different colors I'm betting.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 07:59 1

7. sgodsell (Posts: 1404; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Or they will point the finger over to someone or something else, to get the attention off the real problem. They are not selling and hardly anyone is buying their products.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:13 1

9. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


They do need to slim down considering money spent this last year and being that W8 hasn't been the most popular os for them.
Of course trolls will just that on this site.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 08:24

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Really enjoy watching American and European getting jobless and jobless

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:01 1

22. fouadqr (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


They still people at the end of the day..

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:21 2

28. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3602; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Well he's proud to be a Chinese, and is proud of mediatek phones LOL.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:16

30. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


If you are from China I really enjoy hating your country.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:58 2

37. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


what a rude and selfish thing to say. I never find pleasure in anyone losing their job. Thankfully this industry is very big right now and I bet they will find a job somewhere else.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 09:16 2

26. Settings (Posts: 626; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


On the other news Google and Facebook are fighting over for some employees. I guess Microsoft is here to donate some.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:38

35. boosook (Posts: 1081; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I would never take employees from Microsoft... :)

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 10:53

36. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


It is the right move from Satya Nadela. Over the past couple of decades, Balmer has attract a lot of employee that were 'underperforming' and used to monopoly business behavior. With this big layoff, it would be a shake up that microsoft required to remove all the employee that were too balmer-ish. and change the one that can keep up with current decade & next decade.

If Satya Nadela can successfully did this, he might create a company that can challenge google.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:01

38. reliant1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 May 2010)


MS bought a $7 billion company with money they had laying around in Europe earlier this year. It is usual and customary to lay off redundant workers; remove duplication. They have a new CEO, a new focus. I like that. It's about time that MS stopped trying to be everything to everybody and focus on what they do, or want to do best. It's about time!!!

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 17:57

45. Penny (Posts: 1249; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Insightful comment. The key point to make is that it is a renewed sense of focus based on the priorities of a new CEO. Restructuring hurts, but it also means that they have a vision and the drive to excel in certain areas by focusing their resources.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:12 1

39. reliant1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 May 2010)


MS has its own niche. As people shift away from desktops, they will turn to MS to be productive. I'm waiting for, perhaps, the next Surface tablet or the one after, once they perfect the keyboard. I admire their persistence in working to get it right. I've owned Apple desktops and phones, and an Android phone, as well. Each has its place and a following. I don't need a lot of apps. There are lots of people like me who will enjoy the clean, simple OS that MS provides. 8.1 is an obvious improvement. MS's time will come.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:22 1

40. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3632; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


A new CEO almost always cuts employees. This is to boost the stock price, so the CEO's options will be worth something.

To think a non-founder CEO gives a crap about the company is naive. A CEO thinks about what will make him or her the most money. Companies come and go.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 19:57

46. JunitoNH (Posts: 965; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Lets see what comes to mind, Xbox, a waste of money, 2 Billion a year, and then there's the Surface.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 20:14

47. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Not to mention WP. How much $$$ MS has wasted on WP. They could save lots of $$$ doing the right thing (forking android)

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 21:59

48. Liveitup (Posts: 1506; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


The amount of Android haters bashing WP is amazing, the OS got you guys going crazy, same dudes day after day hating. WP is awesome deal with.

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 22:46

50. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I hope you won't cry for months when nadela closed WP. I can smell balmer scent all over the WP, and it's smell bad.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 01:42

51. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1120; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Nokia's Cell phone and Smart phone division has a lot of positions that duplicate what Microsoft already has so it is not a shock that duplicate positions would be the first to go.
Microsoft has to get lean to survive. The ASHA Cell phone line might even be canned
as microsoft may decide to only sell smart phones. A lot of Changes are coming but one thing for sure Microsoft has to keep the Nokia Lumia Smart phone engineering staff because they really know what it takes to make great smart phones. Android smart owners will have little to boast about in about another year because feature for feature Windows smart phones will get all the features they have as well as get more Apps!

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