Microsoft Initiates Another Round Of Layoffs

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Microsoft announced a couple months ago that it would reduce its overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs over the course of the next year, and that of those, 12,500 would be related to its acquisition of Nokia assets. The company was also said to be eliminating Xbox Entertainment Studios.

Microsoft said it would begin with 13,000 eliminations, and that those affected would be notified within six months. Now, two months later, they're cutting another 2,100.

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports:

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the 2,100 figure, noting that 747 of those laid off will be in Washington state. The remaining cuts will be at other Microsoft locations worldwide, the spokesperson said.

Today's cuts will be across a variety of teams, as previously rumored. The Microsoft spokesperson declined to specify which teams would bear the brunt of the latest round of cuts.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it is buying Mojang, the makers of Minecraft. Though the founders are leaving, most of the team is expected to reamain with the company under Microsoft.

Mojang has close to fifty employees listed on its site, but notes that it may not be up to date, and could be missing new employees or support staff.

Image: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (Microsoft)

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