People rumored it was going to happen, in fact it was expected given Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division; but today Microsoft announced that they would cut 18,000 over the course of next year, many due to mostly redundancies once “Microsoft Mobile” and Microsoft are fully aligned.
These steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25.
The actions associated with the plan are expected to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015.
This comes after statements from both Satya and Elop about the need to streamline the company and be more efficient, to put “productivity first”.
Thanks for the tip Alvester