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Microsoft Planning To Lay Off 17% of Staff

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Planning To Lay Off 17% of Staff

It's getting worse, people...

Showing that even the seemingly untouchable can actually be groped to an unerring extent it is claimed Microsoft is set to cut loose up to 17 per cent of its entire workforce.

According to Fudzilla, web chitter chatter to this effect is now "no longer a rumour but a fact" and it would see Microsoft's 90,000 global workforce trimmed by approximately 15,000 jobs come 15 January. As to which countries or departments will be hit worst that remains up in the air but it is said EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and MSN could be hit hardest by the redundancies.

Safe areas? I wouldn't like to speculate but gaming is doing well currently and I suspect there won't be any desire to trim down the huge Windows 7 coding team at this crucial time. As for marketing and sales, I wouldn't feel so confident.

It's times like these that Microsoft probably won't want to be reminded that blowing $10m on those train wreck Bill Gates / Jerry Seinfeld commercials would've paid a lot of salaries...


via Fudzilla


December 30, 2008, 9:59 pm

Now that's deep - sure am glad my job is built around supplying what is considered a 21st century commodity, rather than a frivolity.. This recession is going to cause one of the biggest entrepreneurial waves known to man!


December 30, 2008, 11:15 pm

Can I suggest re-deploying the Windows Mobile team? Android's already better.

Oh, and whoever wrote Outlook is probably in the wrong industry.


December 31, 2008, 3:33 am

Is Ballmer one of them? Please...


December 31, 2008, 3:46 am

Without knowing the in and outs of the current economic situation for Microsoft, I don't think the lay-off's are related to them being liquidity limited, so to 10 mill. probably won't make any difference. The whole business about the Mojave Project, I'm a PC, and so on pretty clearly shows that Microsoft would be just as well off firing their entire marketing department, as you hint in your article.

However I must admit, that after my first day of running Windows 7, I could seriously become a Microsoft fan boy. This thing is absolutely beautiful, and it is only a beta? Give it half a year of spit and polish and it will sell like hotcakes, without any commercials. All that is needed is some serious business presentations, since business users are really the only ones who seem to be able to choose which version of Windows to run.


December 31, 2008, 4:44 am

$10 mill is petty cash compared with 17% of the workforce, and it is frankly a cheap and irrelevant comparison. I am aware it is a cheap and easy shot to fire at whoever is top of the pile, but this sort of language is wrong.

$10 million wouldn't employ those 17% for a week...

And yes, Windows 7 is absolutely awesome. I need a new 24" touch screen


December 31, 2008, 6:02 am

They're using this opportunity, the recession, to trim down their workforce IMHO. I doubt they need to do what they're doing, but if they feel like there are areas where staff can be lost then now's the perfect time to shed them without making waves.

We're going to see a lot of businesses using the recession to do some serious housekeeping. And because of all the doom and gloom news, it's not going to get the media attention it otherwise would in the boom times. It's take-out-the-trash year in the world of big business!


December 31, 2008, 7:41 am

@Ben - Nice to see someone writing on here with insight instead of cheap, short-sighted shots. Obviously not a site with business insight.


December 31, 2008, 7:13 pm

@Greg - I'm sure the 300 - 500 people it could've helped would agree with you ;)

Planning on giving Windows 7 a test drive myself. How's everyone finding the new taskbar?


December 31, 2008, 7:16 pm

@Singularity - however could reading on a consumer-focused technology site give you that idea? :P


January 2, 2009, 4:33 pm

@Gordon: I am sure many people will call it a mac rip-off, but then again that would not be a first for Microsoft. And I don't see anything bad implementing a good idea.

I like the fact that this new taskbar has much more space for displaying open programs and short cuts. I always found it necessary to hide as many programs as possible in the notifications area, which is really a shame since they have no place here.

In this new system I am able to get easy access to the programs I use the most, and there is a minimum of clutter, and overlapping functions. So far I am a fan, but it is clear that you do need a touchscreen to take full advantage of some of the innovations. It does seem like Microsoft has thought about the touchscreen user, first and foremost.

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