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Microsoft laying off some 'Modern Desktop' salespeople

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's field sales team is having several employees laid off according to a new report.
  • Many Microsoft employees are being reassigned, looking for work at Microsoft, or being laid off.
  • Microsoft has not released any figures regarding the number of people affected.

Several employees at Microsoft will be looking for new work as part of a fiscal year reorganization. According to a report by ZDNet the Microsoft field sales team is seeing significant changes as part of the reorganization. The largest change is that Microsoft is eliminating the Modern Desktop Technical Sales Professional (TSP) role.

Some individuals who are currently in that role will be reassigned, look for work internally at Microsoft for a given period of time, or be laid off according to ZDNet's sources.

The changes are reportedly larger than usual reorganizations at Microsoft. The number of people affected will be "non-trivial" according to a ZDNet source. While some information is known about the recent reorganization, Microsft has not released any figures on it.

The reorganization will take effect on July 1, 2019.

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5 Comments
  • What is your definition of modern desktop? According to Build 2019...this is future Windows experience...
  • It's the usual wage bill cutting strategy under the guise of efficiency measures.
  • We have one on our account. Essentially, they are the point person for all the Microsoft 365 stuff. Mostly it's about licensing and adoption. They really aren't that technical. There will still be our account level TSP, plus TSPs for all the individual components like Windows, Azure AD, Office etc...
  • Not surprised, sales is one of the most cut-throat jobs out there. They seem to get hit the most in these tech companies. I'm glad I'm not in it lol.
  • But July 1 already passed...