Microsoft Confirms Second Round of Layoffs

Microsoft Confirms Second Round of Layoffs

No surprise, but always a shock

As expected, Microsoft began its second round of layoffs this week, with 2,100 employees losing their jobs. But this cut was much less dramatic than the first round in July, when 13,000 employees were let go from the company.

The layoffs started at 9:00 am PT, and I was first tipped off at 9:02 am via text message. Microsoft later confirmed that 2,000 employees—about 750 from Washington state—were being laid off in this round of cuts. The remaining cuts are coming from Microsoft's other locations around the world, and span a variety of product teams.

In July, Microsoft announced that it would lay off 18,000 employees this fiscal year over a period of time, with 12,500 of those let go coming from the ranks of former Nokia employees. The 18,000 figure represents about 14 percent of Microsoft's workforce.

"The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in an open letter to employees at the time. "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. 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."

Since the vast majority of layoffs happened already in July, it was understood that the future layoffs would be smaller events. With this week's layoffs underway, the firm still has approximately 3,000 more employees to let go over the coming months. When complete, the firm should still have about 110,000 employees worldwide.

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