“Microsoft announced a major reorganization on Wednesday that will include thousands of layoffs, largely in sales,” Todd Haselton and Jon Fortt report for CNBC. “Reports from last week suggested this was going to happen and that Microsoft was going to specifically focus on how it sells its cloud-services product, Azure.”

“While Amazon has become a bigger competitor in the space, Microsoft’s restructuring is to pivot to software as a service, platform as a service and infrastructure,” Haselton and Fortt report. “‘Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners,’ a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC. ‘Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What Steve Jobs hath wrought upon the likes of beleaguered Microsoft – which is currently searching for a new line of work just like 3,000 more of its soon-to-be-ex-employees will be doing shortly – will be forever studied in business schools.

Beleaguered Microsoft to ax ‘thousands’ more employees – July 5, 2017
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