CEO Satya Nadella says in an email to employees that it was a “difficult” decision, but says changes will lead to “more productive, impactful teams across Microsoft.”
A week after writing a 3,100 word company-wide memo on Microsoft’s “bold ambition and our core focus,” the company’s chief executive officer wrote another, shorter memo to his employees, one announcing up to 18,000 job cuts, around 14% of its total workforce of about 127,000.
The cuts will be concentrated in parts of the software and services giant that overlapped with Nokia, which the company acquired in April in a $7 billion deal announced last year. About 12,500 professional and factory jobs, Nadella said, would be eliminated as part of “our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services,” with the “vast majority” of employees losing jobs being notified within six months. Some 30,000 new employees came to Microsoft as part of the deal, according to Bloomberg.