Beleaguered Microsoft axes another 2,100 employees

“Microsoft has confirmed another 2,100 redundancies as part of a plan to cut 18,000 jobs, some 14% of its workforce,” BBC News reports.

“The software giant said 747 jobs will go in the Seattle area, with the rest spread across its global operations,” The Beeb reports. “Microsoft had already cut 13,000 jobs, with the bulk at the Nokia phone division bought by the US company.”

“Microsoft, which has about 127,000 people on its payroll, will take a charge of between $1.1bn (£672m) and $1.6bn for costs related to the cuts,” The Beeb reports. “Microsoft said in a statement that the latest cuts ‘are spread across many different business units, and many different countries.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Good luck to those affected. May you soon find employment with a successful company led by competent management, for a change.


  1. Sad for Nokia but expected.

    I wonder how long MS will take to get over the Ballmer days. I have no great love of Microsoft, but they’re huge, not leaving the enterprise world soon, if ever, and Macs aren’t going to take over the world. But Ballmer really hurt the company badly and I’m curious how they’re going to make a comeback.

    1. My opinion is that Apple is planning to take away the mid-range market of laptops and desktops from Microsoft with new products in 2015.

      Microsoft has been shooting itself in the foot with their Windows releases, mucking things up instead of improving things for their customers. Microsoft is still sitting on that spiky fence of either poor hardware integration via OEMs, or doing all their own hardware and losing all their hardware partners expertise.

      I just don’t see anything stopping Microsoft’s freefall at this point.

      Macs will take the consumer and productivity worker high end. And iPads will replace the low-end Windows PCs used in vertical business applications.

      1. >Microsoft has been shooting itself in the foot with their Windows releases<

        Microsoft has been shooting the whole world in the foot for years—the customers who use their products, and even those who do not use their products.

      2. Don’t kid yourself, the enterprise market makes Microsoft look as agile as a minnow. Most of my friends in either IT or working for large institutions are either just rolling out Win 7 or getting their XP computers replaced with ones running Win 7. It’ll be at least 5 years before they notice Win 8 came out.

        The only point where this isn’t true is among doctors who want iPads at the hospital where a friend works for IT. Right during a Win 7 rollout, doctors are demanding iPads! Do you know how much this pisses off the IT department? Damn doctors demanding iPads NOW! They can’t wait a few years till we get around to thinking about it? The look of pain on my buddy’s face was priceless!

        So the doctors are bringing in their own iPads, driving IT nuts, but the rest of the workforce is going 32 bit Win 7, primarily due to custom software systems that are highly sensitive to what they’re run on, and the developers are either unresponsive, long out of business, or charging a fortune for an upgrade that’s still in the works.

        1. The reason enterprise doesn’t upgrade Windows often is because mass Windows upgrades have always been a nightmare. The result is businesses don’t even think of Windows 8 as the same OS as Windows 7.

          Contrast that to the easy annual OS X and iOS upgrades. Enterprise won’t hold back updating iPads to the latest OS (after giving it a couple months in the wild). Nor will they blink at upgrading Macs (as relatively few as they are).

          So Microsoft doesn’t look nimble to anyone. They look like a dinosaur.

          1. It’s the custom applications that took millions of dollars and decades to perfect that keeps these companies on Windows. Windows upgrades are trivial compared to keeping these custom applications working. A company I worked for spent hundreds of millions of dollars and many years to implement SAP at dozens of sites around the world. A Windows update is insignificant in comparison.

  2. sort of unfair that aapl stock is still undervalued as compared to Msft. Aapl has a lower P.E. and has been for some time.

    I can only surmise that PC wielding Excel using Fund Managers refuse to see the potential in Apple. (Irrational hatred. ).

    About ten years ago at the height of iPod growth, my banks fund manger in his tech fund had ZERO apple stock, it was filled with Dell, HP, Motorola, Msft, Nortel etc. I pulled out of it.

  3. Congratulations, ex-Microsoft workers — you are considered to be a “redundancy.” That is guaranteed to raise the morale of the remaining employees…

    Seriously, I hope that you are able to quickly find a good, rewarding job now that you have been cut loose from Microsoft. In the long run, you might even look back at this as a blessing.

  4. Tragic and sad for those laid off.

    Hopeful and inspiring for those eager for the end of The Dark Age of Computing, which will be marked by the bankruptcy of Microsoft.

    Aye Jim boy! Microsoft has been served THE BLACK SPOT! Arr, ’tis a joyful thing, ’tis.

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