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18'000 to leave Microsoft

Rumours about possible layoffs - they existed. But hardly anybody had the sheer number (now officially announced) in mind.
A major workforce reduction - with 12'500 - will be heading towards Microsoft's handset division, previously known as Nokia Devices and Services.

”The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months”, CEO Satya Nadella writes in a letter to the employees.

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