Microsoft informs employees of sales and marketing team shake-up

Microsoft has reportedly informed employees of an upcoming reorganization of its sales and marketing teams. According to Reuters, Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela, along with Executive Vice Presidents Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois sent memos to their teams detailing the restructuring.

Word of an upcoming reorganization first broke late last week, when Bloomberg reported Microsoft was considering a sales shake-up to further focus on its cloud business following the close of the company's fiscal year on June 30. At the time, it was expected that Microsoft would announce the move as soon as this week. According to today's report, the memo focuses on "describing how the structure redesign will work." It's not clear from the report if the memo elaborates on the expected increased cloud focus.

A recent TechCrunch report claimed that Microsoft's impending reorganization efforts would include layoffs for "thousands of employees worldwide." However, today's memo reportedly doesn't include any mentions of layoffs. It's likely we'll hear more concerning the shake-up as the week wears on.

Updated July 3, 2017: The Wall Street Journal reports that the reorganization will see Microsoft refocus its sales efforts on two main areas, stating:

The company will target its sales efforts in two areas: large enterprise customers and small and medium businesses, according to an email sent to employees by Judson Althoff, executive vice president who works with partners to spread the adoption of Microsoft technology. Previously, Microsoft focused on commercial segments, such as the public sector, startups and specific industries.

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