Microsoft planning massive job cuts for this week, could be biggest restructuring ever

By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 15, 2014 07:43 AM EDT

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Microsoft is reportedly planning to make some massive job cuts this week, if a new report turns out to be accurate.

The last time that Microsoft employees faced massive layoffs was back in 2009, when the company cut 5,800 jobs. According to a new report, Microsoft has similar plans for its current workforce.

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"Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, as the software maker looks to slim down and integrate Nokia Oyj's handset unit, people with knowledge of the company's plans said," reveals Bloomberg in a new report on Tuesday, July 15.

"The reductions - which may be unveiled as soon as this week - will probably be in areas such as Nokia and divisions of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as marketing an engineering, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said."

As a reminder, Microsoft recently acquired Nokia's mobile device unit in a high-profile deal that was worth $7.2 billion. Making some job cuts in areas that overlap between the two companies makes sense, but currently no specific details are available regarding what jobs will get the boot.

Microsoft currently has an impressive workforce of 127,104 employees. With the purchase of Nokia's mobile business, the company added another 30,000 employees, hitting the highest number of staff it has ever had.

The company could also choose to cut more jobs in other areas, even if they don't overlap, but it all remains unclear at this point. Keep in mind that nothing is confirmed just yet, so make sure to take this news with a grain of salt until more details surface. If Bloomberg's sources prove to be accurate and Microsoft does indeed plan some massive job cuts for this week, more information should become available soon enough. We'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more about this matter, so stay tuned.



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