Microsoft is expected to announced another round of job cuts, which will be in addition to the 18,000 employees laid off over the course of the last year. Citing anonymous sources in the know, The New York Times is stating that Microsoft may announce the new round of layoffs later today.

The publication mentions that the job cuts will affect Microsoft's hardware group, which incorporates the handset division acquired from Nokia for $7.2 billion. CEO Satya Nadella alluded to making "tough choices in areas where things are not working" in a mission statement sent out to all Microsoft employees last month, and it is likely that the upcoming job cuts are a part of that realignment.

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That doesn't mean that Microsoft is ditching the smartphone business, or shifting focus away from Windows Phone. The Redmond giant is set to unveil two flagship devices later this year alongside Windows 10 Mobile.

Source: The New York Times