A new report claims Microsoft will launch a second wave of job cuts on Thursday as part of the company's previously announced plans to cut 18,000 positions from now until the end of June 2015.

The report comes from the very reliable ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, via her unnamed sources. She states that this week's layoffs will hit nearly every part of the company but exactly how many employees will be affected is not known.


Microsoft first announced its plans to cut 18,000 of its workers in July, and at that time the company laid off 13,000 team members. Microsoft said "the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months." About 12,500 of those 18,000 positions will be employees that Microsoft brought in back in April when it acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division.

What do you think of Microsoft's decision to cut its 18,000 workers in a series of waves?