Beleaguered Microsoft to ax ‘thousands’ more employees

“Microsoft is poised to layoff thousands of employees worldwide in a move to reorganize its salesforce,” Jon Russell reports for TechCrunch. “A source with knowledge of the planned downsizing told TechCrunch that the U.S. firm would lay off ‘thousands’ of staff across the world. The restructuring is set to include an organizational merger that involves its enterprise customer unit and one or more of its SME-focused divisions. The changes are set to be announced this coming week, we understand.”

“Earlier this weekend, the Puget Sound Business Journal, Bloomberg and The Seattle Times all reported ‘major’ layoffs related to a move to increase the emphasis on cloud services within Microsoft’s sales teams worldwide,” Russell reports. “Bloomberg said the redundancies would be ‘some of the most significant in the sales force in years.'”

“The end of Microsoft’s fiscal year typically falls in July, and it recent years it has been a time when the firm has announced headcount reductions,” Russell reports. “Last year, Microsoft announced that it would cut 2,850 jobs — including at least 900 from its sales group, according to The Seattle Times — having two months earlier said it would let go of 1,850 staff related to its smartphone business. In July 2015, it made 7,800 job cuts and wrote down $7.6 billion of its Nokia acquisition.”

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MacDailyNews Take: iOS, bitch.

In memoriam, let’s revisit the funeral procession that beleaguered Microsoft held in September 2010 for Apple’s iPhone:

Microsoft's iPhone Funeral September 2010

Microsoft's iPhone Funeral September 2010

Microsoft's iPhone Funeral September 2010

Beleaguered Microsoft axes 2,850 more employees – July 29, 2016
Microsoft pulls plug on consumer smartphones, axes another 1,850 jobs – May 25, 2016
Cue the funeral for Microsoft’s Windows Phone – April 22, 2016
A single quarter of iPad Pro sales will exceed the total of all Microsoft Surface tablets ever sold – November 24, 2015


    1. At that time, Microsoft had trash boxes around their campus for ditching one’s iPhone. It was considered inadvisable to have an iPhone at Microsoft.

      It would be fun to see how many MS employees still have a Windows Phone at this point in time.

  1. A quick test to show if you are an uber-tech loser with incredibly poor judgment who should be culled from the human race – you own and use a Windows phone.

    1. The failure of Windows Phone wasn’t due to the devices being of poor quality, but due to them being much to late to market. They were late to market due to Ballmer the Clown’s inability to see the future in the iPhone. (Roll Interview for the umpteenth time.) Windows Phone itself wasn’t a bad product and one of the few post iPhone developments that showed any true uniqueness. The hearts were moving to Android and iOS by the time it was announced. At that time, you could play Ballmer chanting DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! and he would have been right.

      He should be made to eat a plate of beaver turds and tater tots for what he did to that company.

      These layoffs are not due to financial reasons, well not as in desperate to save money financial reasons. Microsoft is evolving. Everything revolves around Windows for them now. Windows everywhere, and it’s the best Windows ever. Laugh all you want but it is not buggy, it is not prone to crashing anymore than macOS, I mean when is the last time you saw a macOS machine actually crash? It’s been ages for me. Same for Windows. Blue screen of death is as rare as Kernel Panics on macOS now. And it’s fun and easy to use.

      Rather than the old enterprise model of sending in sales people to market lots of product to IT folks, they are shifting focus to Azure. Its the same thing I’d like to see Apple do with iCloud, i.e. create an enterprise targeted aka PRO version of iCloud. iCloud as is a consumer based suite of services, simple and primitive in nature. As much as you hear about Apple conquering the enterprise through BYOD, they’re still dependent on Microsoft to build out the infrastructure. So yeah, there will be iPhones around, but the lion’s share of enterprise dollars will go to MS.

      Apple has the tools. They should improve them though. No one in enterprise gives a hoot about music and TV. iCloud should be rebuilt to take over the computer room for small to medium businesses, iCloud should feature:

      – Enterprise Apple ID
      – Enterprise Apple ID Management with access granularity
      – ENTERPRISE LEVEL OFFICE SUITE (Pages Pro, Numbers Pro, Keynote Pro), etc.

      Make this stuff powerful and easy to use. Hell buy DROPBOX and revamp it for ENTERPRISE FILE SHARING and Document Management.

      Make all of it easily accessible on iOS and macOS.

      Make it affordable like $40 or $50 a month.

      You could walk into a small business and say, “Here’s your iPad” or “Here’s your MacBook Pro” or whatever and connect them to their enterprise account and be done with it. Except if they want custom apps developed. (God hope they want custom apps developed or STARVE!!!).

      Probably put me out of business, but it would be good for clients. Time to move on when that happens, evolve or perish as they say! Can I interest you in some machine learning? Apple is handling all of your IT at this point.

      The evolution of the data center is happening anyway and MS is on top of it with Azure. They’re clearly thinking in terms of killing off their own Windows Server and Exchange Server products in favor of their cloud services. (Albeit confusing), everything you need is somewhere between Office 365 and Azure.

    1. Dear You’ve Got Nothing,

      “Ax” and “axe”are different spelling of the SAME word.

      variants: or axe

      transitive verb
      verb: ax; 3rd person present: axes; past tense: axed; past participle: axed; gerund or present participle: axing; verb: axe

      1. end, cancel, or dismiss suddenly and ruthlessly.
      “the company is axing 125 jobs”
      synonyms: cancel, withdraw, drop, scrap, discontinue, terminate, end


      Dictionary Definition

      1. Lighten up…
        Oxford Living Dictionary
        (also aks)

        West Indian
        with object ‘I’m axing plenty question’
        non-standard form of ask
        with object and clause ‘I axed him if he wanted some company’
        no object ‘she axed about Mama’
        IOW ‘Patois’
        Now you can unbunch yer knickers.

  2. I know this is an Apple site,but what does the Windows phone have to do with anything the article is about. And the headline, “beleaguered”, seriously, does the author even know the definition. I hardly think Microsoft is beleaguered

    1. Well besides being an “Apple Site,” MDN is an Information Technology site. You see, both macOS and iOS devices are information technology, as was the beleaguered and late Windows phone. Analyzing what the biggest enterprise information tech company is doing, is interesting to people interested in IT.

      IT a phrase you might have heard before. I’m thinking that since you don’t grok the “beleaguered” reference you’re probably pretty young, 14? 15?

      You see, contrary to what Tim Cook says, it’s not all a world of car pool karaoke and emojis.

      Back in the day, before Apple was the god of all tech companies, they were having, shall we say, growing pains. (Read teetering on the brink.) The media would use the phrase “Beleaguered Apple” incessantly to describe the company. The media was no better back then than they are now.

      So when MDN uses the word “Beleaguered” its a nod and a wink to people who remember. MDN is saying, “Who is fscking beleaguered now?”

      1. Oh I remember when Apple was teetering on the brink of extinction and Microsoft bailed them out. So back then beleaguered would be a perfectly acceptable word to describe Apple. I would also agree that you could call Microsoft’s mobile ambitions beleaguered. But that’s not what the article is about. I didn’t mean to offend to. I forgot how Apple fans are so easily offended. I’m also well aware what IT means and am considerably older than 14 or 15. Maybe you should try and act older than that.

        1. There was no bail out. They made peace. MS was in the cross hairs of DOJ for a monopoly and being sued by Apple. MS agreed to keep developing MS office for Mac and bought some stock in apple to settle their suit with them. They later cashed out the stock at a good profit (irony alert).They also thought that would make them look venter in DOJ eyes.

      2. Besieged, bothered and beleaguered…..?

        “In Q3 2016, Microsoft saw $22.1 billion in revenue, net income of $5.0 billion, and earnings per share of $0.62. For Q3 2017, analysts had expected Microsoft to earn $23.6 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $0.70. In short, the company surpassed results for last year’s quarter, met analyst expectations for revenue, and outperformed estimates for earnings per share.”

        Yep…. ….right at death’s door. /s

    2. 1. Terminating thousands of employees = beleaguered
      2. Reason for being beleaguered: Apple iPhone
      3. Both simple points are painfully obvious to anyone with even have a brain

      1. 1. Terminating thousands of employees = Streamlining a particular department to better serve it’s customers and shareholders.
        2. Reason why Apple is beleaguered in the enterprise market = Microsoft
        3. Anyone with half a brain could figure that out.

  3. And still my accountant, attorney and stock broker continue to beg me to sell my Apple stock and buy Microsoft! They have been doing that for 20 years. They all tell me I’m crazy, but I explain that I’m a million dollars less crazy than I was 20 years ago.

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