“Microsoft Corp. is making plans for a companywide restructuring of its marketing operations, a move that may include hundreds of job cuts, according to people familiar with the matter,” Dina Bass reports for Bloomberg. “The plans haven’t been settled and could change, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the review isn’t public… Initial steps could be announced within the next 30 days, according to one person.”
Bass reports, “The changes would eliminate overlap in job responsibilities and are designed to help the company better respond to threats from Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., which are increasingly targeting Microsoft’s corporate-computing customers. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer doesn’t think the company is getting enough return on the billions it spends annually on marketing, the people said.”
“Consumer-focused technology companies like Apple are making inroads in the business world, forcing the information- technology industry to regroup. Apple will sell $10 billion worth of iPads and $9 billion of Mac computers to corporate customers this year, a 58 percent jump, Forrester Research Inc. said in a report last week,” Bass reports. “Microsoft announced its first-ever companywide firings in January 2009, a move that included more than 5,000 jobs by the time it concluded.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Time for Microsoft’s annual “reorganization.”
We can hear Balmy now:
I don’t like our strategy. I don’t like our strategy a lot.
Rearrange the deck chairs again!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Bev M.” for the heads up.]
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