Microsoft to Cut 3000 Jobs, Mostly From Sales Team

The vast majority of job cuts that Microsoft is starting Thursday are outside the U.S. but the layoffs will include some cuts at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters

TECH GIANT MICROSOFT is planning to cut jobs worldwide - with one U.S. outlet reporting as many as 3,000 jobs are to go at the company.

The company today acknowledged the move, reported last week by the Puget Sound Business Journal and confirmed today by CNBC.

In a statement to the CNBC, a Microsoft spokesperson said, "Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners".

Microsoft has notified some employees about the reductions, the source said. "Like other companies, we also evaluate our business on a regular basis which might be in the form of skyrocket investments and deployment in other cases". So, most of the job cuts is suppose to happen out the United States.

Their cloud business has increased over recent quarters, Azure sales have grown 93% last quarter.

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The US senators also praised the economic turnaround, as manifested by investors' interest and confidence in Pakistan. The PM reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to support all efforts aimed at lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Further, Microsoft on its decision to lay off this huge number of people it mentioned to The Washington Post that the company has chose to do so to better serve their customers and partners.

The technology giant wants to build on revenue growth in its cloud computing division, but it faces intense competition from rivals such as Amazon and Google. Overall, Microsoft has 71,000 employees in the US, and a total of 121,000 employees.

Microsoft's fiscal year ended on 30 June, so the timing of the cutbacks could be tied to the company's move into a new fiscal year, which started on 1 July.

Key areas of opportunity, he said, included expanding its cloud offerings in data analysis and artificial intelligence, and helping companies in every industry to become digital businesses, using Microsoft tools. From a consumer perspective, that means a focus on Office 365 subscriptions rather than standalone Office licenses; for Microsoft's larger enterprise wing, that means more Azure.

The Redmond-based giant had cut 2,850 people from its smartphone and sales teams back in July past year.

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