Microsoft cuts another 3,000 jobs
Even Microsoft feels the pressure of the tense economic situation and has to lay off 3,000 employees as announced in advance.
With the lay-offs Microsoft wants to reduce costs: On Tuesday the Redmond company is said to have dismissed another 3,000 employees. The reduction of the Microsoft workforce had been announced in January already. In 18 months all in all 5,000 jobs are supposed to be cut.
Earlier this year Microsoft already dismissed 1,400 employees because of the worldwide economic crisis. Now 3,000 more people have been fired. Thus the announced number of 5,000 job cuts is almost reached. Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer is said to have been rather vague in an email to the employees and didn't clarify if the announced reduction of the workforce will be met or if more people will be dismissed. Microsoft wants to observe the further developments closely and take the appropriate steps. This could also mean more lay-offs to adjust the cost structure of the company to the market situation.
The first dismissals in January mainly affected employees in the USA. The latest lay-offs now also hit the oversea workforce. Microsoft nevertheless wants to create 2,000 to 3,000 new jobs in growing business sectors.
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