Microsoft fires another 2,850 Windows Phone employees

Microsoft brass handed out another 2,850 pink slips to now ex-employees who worked on Windows Phone. The information was discovered yesterday in SEC documents filed by the company. The new job cuts come after 1,850 Windows Phone workers were let go in May. The 2,850 will stay with Microsoft until the end of next June.

Those fired worked in sales (900 in Global sales have already been informed of their fate) and in Windows Phone's hardware division. The cuts affect only 2.5% of Microsoft's total workforce, but represent a larger share of Windows Phone workers. The platform continues to lose market share to iOS and Android, even after the release of Windows 10 Mobile. Fans are holding out hope that the long rumored Surface Phone will turn around the fortunes of Microsoft's smartphone business. The handset(s) will reportedly be designed by Microsoft's highly regarded Surface team led by Panos Panay. A photograph leaked in May that allegedly showed off the Surface Phone, probably didn't give Microsoft fans too much hope about the future.

News of the firings come less than a week after Justin Timberlake appeared as a surprise performer at an internal Microsoft event held in Orlando. Most likely on the schedule before the decision was made to sack the 2,850, it nevertheless seems like a cruel gesture by the software giant to pump up employees' morale, and then pull the floor out from under them just days later.

source: TheRegister



28. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Before Microsoft bought some of Nokia's mobile phones assets Windows 7 & 8 smart phones were made and sold by Microsoft's OEM partners. Microsoft just made the operating system for them. it appears Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is returning to a Great degree to that Model. I have already prayed for those who lost their Jobs.getting laid off a job hurts i have experienced that. I Use a Windows smart phone and believe they are the best smart phones to use with the over 350 Million Windows 10 computers of Various types. I warn Microsoft However to stop this jumping for one smartphone OS to the next and causeing folks to have to buy NEW Windows smart phones because this is disruptive and they will loose windows smart phone customers. People wont trust a smart phone line that keeps them buying new gear. Windows 10 mobile os must become like the Windows 10 OS used on Desktop PC's which upgrade their OS features but do not cause computer owners to have to buy a new Desktop PC. Hackers know too much about Android smart phones for me to trust using them so I do not . I use a windows smart phone but will go to an Apple iphone if I give up on Windows smart phones. so far Windows smart phones have a great future there is no need for me to buy an Apple iphone


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I feel sorry for employee that lose job. I hope they find work soon. I also hope Microsoft release Surface Phone with great spec and feature and come back to mobile strong.

24. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

The job cut is from Microsoft Scraps its Finland Manufacturing Unit . News say those job cuts are related windows phone hardware and sales business, NOT windows mobile OS. Also there is new red stone 2 builds spotted with PC and phone together. There is not official statement from Microsoft say closing its windows mobile OS.. People out there please stay quiet and stop mislead other people with fake ideas.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Surface Phone isn't going to change anything for Microsoft. The problem is they waited until IOS and Android was too big before they made a move. Windows Mobile was the business defacto standard. They started losing ground when they allowed RIM/Blackberry to snatch away at the hold MS had with Exchange. When IOS came, Steve Ballmer chose to launch. I do understand laughing at the cost of the iPhone when it appeared, but when he spoke against using an OS on a phone the way Apple presented it, that was stupid. Windows was doing the same. If MS had moved to a similar UI concept as the iPhone had, included Office Mobile in the package, offered Windows Phone OS free for a year for early adopters, picked the right company to make a phone like maybe Samsung or Huawei or Oppo, had a 3 tier product launch with a phone from lowend to highend, if they had sat down nd reimagine the Windows Mobile platform and opened it up like Google did Android with similar ruiles, Android would likely be where Windows Phone is now. For years Microsoft pretty much avoided the hardware business, because of all the BS about competing with other Windows OEM's. First off Microsoft making one laptop or maybe a nice desktop, would hardly be completing against windows OEM's who make a series of products that run Windows. Microsoft should make a product that competes head on with the MacBook as they have and the iMac. They should have worked hard to make the original Surface product a revolution cheap enough so people could have one at home. Windows Mobile should have still brought the emphasis of what matters to business Microsoft screwed up trying to make Windows Phone consumer friendly. Consumers were not the base for Windows Phone. What you should have done was provide a product for both. But the focus should have been for business. You sat on your laurels and thought the money would just continue to roll in with making real change. The same thing Apple has done with iOS for almost 10 years. Android has been changing year after year after year. Advanced features, openness and freedom. Ease of use and lots of choices in hardware. With all the OEM's that have Windows products, Windows Phone should have been a no-brainer. Microsoft ruined this and a new phone isn't going to save them. I would say, Microsoft should give, not sell GIVE, Windows Phone foundation to Nokia and let them have it for what they did to them and let Nokia use the foundation and turn it into something more useful. Or even better, buy out Blackberry, take Windows Phone and BB OS and roll them together and take advantage of RIM power in their services and use that to make MS services better. Bring your own ecosystem. Pack a phone with Microsoft services and products like Office, Outlook, OneNote,OneDrive and Exchange. Bring back VPN. USE NTFS as the file system for 100% Windows compatibility. I mean actually work!

19. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Sinking ship...RIP Windows phone OS

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea I think its inevitable. I think MS is about to get out the smartphone business of selling phones.

16. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Regardless of the reason, it really sucks to lose your job that way.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

True. But consider this. The fact these people have the fact they worked at Microsoft on their resume, means they won't be without a job for very long. First off, they all have one year to secure an alternative job. So at least Microsoft isn't laying them off TODAY. They have a full year. In a full year, I would say more than 50% of them should be able to get a similar job with another company. Having Microsoft in your resume carries as much or more weight as having been in the military.

12. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Lol! Thats stupid PA! It doesnt say from windows phone workers!! Hang alan F on BURJ khalifa with a sign!! I LIVE FOR APPLE ''

13. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Very funny+1

7. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Oh, Oh.. *let it rain*

6. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Can WP just die already.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol +1 for you.. LMAO

10. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

can you just die already

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they just keep beating the dead horse and hoping it will run again :-/

23. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

But then writers will miss out on years of "windows phone is dead" articles. How many of these articles have you seen the last few years? haha Only way to kill a vampire is stake to the heart.


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Alan F........always negative about Windows, and he writes a lot of Apple clickbait articles! First of all PA do some research, these employees are not all Windows Phone employees. Everytime MS announces something like this PA jumps by saying WM is dead, MS this MS that! Please stop the bullcr@p for once and do some research before you write/post stuff.

2. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Microsoft should close mobile devision all together. They are nothing but a destruction in a mobile space.


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Remember that MS had WM way before Android or iOS existed! They will not give up that easily!

15. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

So did Nokia with Symbian OS and BB?

22. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Ah, yes, Windows Mobile. What an abominable crash fest that was. I had all but forgotten - thanks for reviving such an unpleasant memory.

11. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

this is weird since MS helped the growth of Smartphone along with Symbian. what universe again do you live in?

18. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Motorola invented cellphones. Nokia total dominated the market. Where are they now? Which Galaxy are u from?

27. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

"Which Galaxy are u from?" SAMSUNG

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

First go here to read And 2nd, how do you know that these people work on Windows Phone OS....tell me how ? And this is another example that PA reports only the negative news about Microsoft.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

No where does the author say they fired from Windows Phone 'OS' infact they clearly mention its the hardware division. PA's article and the source link clearly say bulk of them are the sales staff of Windows Phone.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

In your opinion, which division should Microsoft focus on their cut? Personally I prefer there no layoffs if possible.

30. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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