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Microsoft announces job cuts, ‘reorganising’ global sales operations

Earlier, CNBC television said the company will be cutting some 3,000 positions, mostly from its non-US sales staff

world Updated: Jul 13, 2017 13:57 IST
AFP, San Francisco
Microsoft,Job cuts,Global sales operations
The layoffs come as the US software colossus refocuses its sales force on making Microsoft a pivotal part of businesses relying on cloud computing.(AFP File)

Microsoft on Thursday said it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs amid reports the US tech giant was reorganising its global sales operations.

“Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated,” Microsoft said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

Earlier, CNBC television said the company will be cutting some 3,000 positions, mostly from its non-US sales staff.

“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others,” the company said in a statement.

The layoffs come as the US software colossus refocuses its sales force on making Microsoft a pivotal part of businesses relying on cloud computing, according to media reports.

Microsoft had more than 121,000 employees worldwide at the end of March, according to its website.

Chief executive Satya Nadella has sought to reduce the tech giant’s focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services.

First Published: Jul 06, 2017 23:43 IST