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More Microsoft Layoffs On The Way

Redmond eliminates 800 positions worldwide

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Earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hit a pessimistic note by saying that he expected to see IT spending growth, but not recovery.  Now, it seems that Microsoft is about to prove it’s still in recession mode, as rumors of imminent layoffs are circulating.

Microsoft LogoTodd Bishop wrote late last night (or early this morning, to those of us a few time zones east of Seattle and Redmond), "We’re hearing from unofficial but reliable sources tonight that Microsoft is poised to make additional job cuts this week . . ."

As for the size of the cuts, Bishop then continued, "This latest round of layoffs is expected to be noticeably smaller than the first two — numbering in the hundreds but totaling less than 1,000 overall."

Still, morale among Microsoft’s employees isn’t likely to get much of a boost as a result.  Since many analysts believed that both the economy and the company were doing better these days (the Dow’s risen 6.21 percent in the past three months, while Microsoft’s stock has gained a whopping 18.05 percent), they may have expected the era of layoffs to be over.

Perhaps Google’s Matt Cutts should extend to some Microsoft engineers the same job offers he lobbed in Yahoo’s direction.

UPDATE: The elimination of 800 jobs has been confirmed.

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More Microsoft Layoffs On The Way


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  • Guest

    Does that mean that Microsoft will need another 800 H-1B visas for low pay foreigners to come to America to work?

    I just wonder which senators will help to write a bill for additional H-1B visas….

  • Guest

    These Layoffs are a Farce. While so many US employees and families are being impacted, Microsoft is adding lots of headcount in India. Most of the Services and support work of US/Europe customers is now offshored to India. Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) charges its US customers in the range of $250-$300 per hour. Work for several large enterprises like JPMC, Wells Fargo is now delivered from India and by Indian Employees coming onsite on L1 Visas.
    By doing this Microsoft is taking not only US employees but also US customers for a ride.
    While their internal bill rate is in the range of $35-$60, we go ahead and charge our customers our full rate. This adds to Contribution Marging/Bottomlines of Services which has been otherwise taking a dip, due to recession. This is the real story of Microsoft Layoffs and offshoring. We have clear directives from Services Leadership, to increase our resource utilsation from our India Centre – due to this higher contribution Margin.

  • Guest

    Rebrand M$ to Mantrasutra. Or better yet forget it ever existed.

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