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Microsoft set to lay off large amounts of staff in upcoming organizational changes

Microsoft is planning to implement a large round of cuts, the largest of its kind in five years for the company, according to a report over on Bloomberg. The goal is to slim down Nokia's handset division, which was purchased earlier this year. The affected areas are said to include positions at Nokia's old division that overlap with Microsoft's own business, as well as some marketing and engineering posts.

Microsoft had 127,104 employees as of June 5, after absorbing 30,000 with its acquisition of Nokia's mobile device division. It is reported roles including the Xbox marketing teams may also be affected.

It was only last week when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued a mission statement, hinting at possible reshuffling and organizational changes. Nadella noted he would be implementing said changes later this month. "Over the course of July, the Senior Leadership Team and I will share more on the engineering and organization changes we believe are needed." Some of those changes will be revealed on July 22 when Microsoft announces its latest quarterly financial report.

Source: Bloomberg

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

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233 Comments
  • It would definitely affect the updates for Lumias
  • Lol definitely.
  • How could it get any worse? Even SOME non Nexus/GPE/Moto Android phones get updates quicker than us...
  • Nope
  • What was the last non developer update we got for the Lumias? Like in January?
  • I don't care ;)
  • Perhaps consider without having to push updates through multiple teams for certification and verification, testing and even current 8.1 knowledge. Cut the slow ones, things move quicker. I doubt everyone at Nokia is perfect, so I doubt that more simply equals better in this situation. I have to agree with less is more instead. More productive that is.
  • compartmentalising the OS means core components of the OS are updated frequently without having to push firmware and OS refreshes. A practice implemented on WP first, and used to bypass carriers' delay-tactics. Of course, you know this already, right?
  • Although I feel bad for anyone losing their jobs, they should start with whomever decided to get rid of Zune and go for Xbox music. That was nothing short of sabotage against WP.
  • +920 you good sir deserve a drink. I agree completely
  • Exactly. I'd trade the cloud crap for Zune any day.
  • ++925 said crap would make a lot more sense if Microsoft's asinine DRM didn't have a download quota.
  • Even just rebranding Zune to Xbox music... like whatever... just not what we have now. That said, it's not all bad - just inferior.
  • Come on... Are you not concerned with the people who are gonna lose their jobs? Can you just be patient when it comes to updates?
  • Concern? Sure. But I acknowledge reality, otherwise we'd still pay people to make buggy whips and pay phones.
  • This needs to be said more often.
  • "windows phone, please be patient and not buy iOS and Android". yeah, doesn't have a good ring to it. you're fired!
  • all companies eventually get big and inefficient. you go into any company and you will find people who have been paid for years for doing very little or have redundant duties with other people. of course, if you ask that person he will tell you he is the most valuable and hardest working person there. Every few years, you have to get rid of people that aren't really contributing. hopefully they get rid of the right people and not use seniority or other non-performance related method to chose who they let go. i suggest they start with marketing. let the nokia people take over the marketing department. 
  • Sucks for those people.. But 127000 employees is a ridiculous number..
  • HP has 317.000 employees. IBM has 431.000. MIcrosoft is a tiny sh*t compared to those behemoth mammoths.
     
  • Yeah, and just look at how well those businesses are doing. I mean, they are just setting the markets in fire! Oh wait...
  • IBM is doing huge things, they're just more of a software services company now, much less consumer facing in terms of their output
  • IBM is also laying off gobs of people, but few really notice, because that's one thing IBM is been really good at. Their huge campus near me bleeds a few hundred every few months. They've been doing this for as long as I can remember.
  • Also they do a lot of outsourcing like capgemini and other consulting companies, lots of those employees are low level computer tecnicians and or support tecnicians that work over the phone, no biggie, its part of their services portfolio. Still I think restructuring comes first, layoffs second. Because you might need an extra hand in places where the company is doing well. Employees feel a lot more respect for a company if they have the oportunity to be reallocated rather then dismissed. Also they might not end up with the likes of google and apple and share their trade secrets.
  • Let them go to google and apple. MSFT needs to slow these companies down and sending the failing class is a good strategy.
  • Btw HP is a hardware company. They need a big number of employees to do those computers,while MS is a software company!
  • Microsoft is now a device company through Microsoft Mobile, Oy.
  • HP is laying off people too. They have been for the last 3 years.
  • Of course it makes sense to deduplicate roles and remove cost. It's not like Nokia were financially sustainable. That said, I hope they keep the Nokia staff. Infinitely better at PR, advertising, design and engineering!
  • Anyone part of the Nokia acquisition who didn't see this coming as the deal was closing must have had a psychological block from reality. Acquisitions rarely turn out to be good for acquired employees.
  • The number of HP employees come from Wikipedia, and its from 2013. Wonder how many unnecessary middle-management was lurking there before, OMG, those all need to be terminated..
  • I know a lot of people in my local HP campus are paid a lot to do very little.
  • I thought HP was an ink company.
  • ^^ Underrated post!  This is what I always say.
  • So true. Ms needs to lose some fat
  • Yep and the brighter ones taken there knowledge to google, ios or to who ever paying there bills.
  • There are 21 million government employees in the United States. Wrap your head around that one. What the hell do they all do????
  • Aren't doctors, firefighters, etc part of government employees? Also police, mayors, city hall employees, street cleaners, etc..
  • Law enforcement = 800,000
    Fire fighters = 275,000
    Physicians at the VA = 14,000
    Mayors = 20,000 So, we've accounted for 1.1 million (6%). What about the rest?
  • I don't think i like this Nadella fellow. Mmmmh mmh  :-(
  • Think Nutela then ;)
  • *Nutella
  • Νουτέλα*
  • I love you!
  • Me 2
  • Μερεντα
  • Οχι μερεντα ρε. Μόνο νουτελα, μετά από κανα μπαφακι.
  • Mytext twister pro..... Right ??? :)
  • Greek.
  • Οι μπάφοι σας μάραναν!
  • Έλα πες την αλήθεια. Έχεις τραβήξει και τρολλάρεις αβέρτα-κουβέρτα!!! Good job! :P
  • Yup. The guy's a total nutjob! He should be the first to go!
  • That's ya nutella
  • But Nutella is supposed to be good! (I've never tried it, but heard people say they love it... which would cover my experience with iPhone and Android too, then...)
  • Nutella is divine :O
  • He's exactly what Microsoft needs. Ballmer was good and energetic but Nadella has the engineering background that anyone leading a company like this needs. Since he's become CEO Microsoft's stock value had been steadily rising. Running a business always involved restructuring and like the other guy said, most acquisitions involve shedding some of the old employees
  • That doesn't sound good
  • I read it. It doesn't have a sound.
  • I see what you did there.
  • Ahaa ;)
  • No one likes a Smart arse mate
  • IP asset stripping is alive and well.
  • Lets hope for the best..
  • Sun wouldn't be special if it wasn't for rain
  • Uh ... That's a nice saying!
  • And look what happened to them!
  • That awesome moment when the lord himself seems to be using a WP.
  • Nadella, take the money (+ bonus) and run........ to India!!! :-p
  • Bad idea or humor.
  • He might do. He's an indian, after all :P
  • Like... Indiana Pacers, or Indiana Jones.
  • God damn it, don't start with racist crap, all I see as it is is: "what about India"? Lets not add fuel to the fire.
  • Where they'll double tax him?
  • You will also see this: Only few different Lumia models sold at one time. Maybe 3 (?), the "520", the "920" and the phablet. Also few tablets as there is now. The phones arent selling and as Natella stated there will be a change in strategy. Crossplatform services are a better bet, until WP starts to sell. Although we will see less intrest to develop apps to WP when this happens. Maybe thats why lately see the news aboutAndroid apps possibly coming to WP?
  • Interesting, for this to halfway work, it needs the real Android play store, not the X crap.
  • Nope, not going to happen. If they did that they'd be going head to head with Google Android devices and that's not what they're trying to do. Offering full Play Store access would totally defeat their purpose of promoting Microsoft services. Want full Play Store access and Microsoft apps and services too? You'll have to spend a little more and buy a HTC One or Galaxy S5 instead of a bargain basement Nokia X.
  • Fewer Lumia models in active production at one time? I'm all for it, if it means less carrier exclusivity and more OEMs picking up the WP ball. Why would an OEM want to produce a WP device if there is already a Lumia available at every price point?
  • Why would LG or HTC want to produce an Android device if there is already a Samsung device at every price point?
     
  • I could've bet my balls this would happen after speech he gave,was dodging question concerning layoffs,now we see why
  • One company merged into another company.. who would expect NO lay offs? This person must have no common sense or understanding of business administration
  • Well said, Tyrion.
  • Well, considering Microsoft not being a devices company it was nowhere clear that there would be that many layoffs.
  • He didn't dodge it at all. He explicitly said that it wasn't the discussion of the day. There's a time and place for all things.
  • Yup, don't need someone bringing a gun to work on pink slip day.
  • Well, he highlighted the 22nd
  • But if no layoffs were planned he certainly would have mentioned that!
  • How did people not see this happening? Microsoft bought Nokia for their tech, not for their staff. Hopefully they all shuffle over to a competitor and continue working in phones.
  • So they bring those OEM's down to a crawl?
  • Lol
  • Except Microsoft got none of Nokia's tech seeing as the patents remained all in Nokia's hands.
  • True, but I imagine we can safely assume that any devices Nokia were working on will now be released under Microsoft, I imagine the devices coming out later this year were in development before the merger. Which it's not the specific nifty gritty of the tech behind everything, I was using a broader use of the word.
  • Yep, this is inevitable with every merger. Too many redundant positions, especially in HR and other administrative jobs.
  • Well, to be honest, it seemed like marketing division was paid to do nothing at all.
  • Which one?
    Nokias marketing division worked fine, they should keep their jobs. The WP marketing people on the other hand... 4% marketshare after 4 years... Guess who should get fired?
  • I could have wrote that ;)
  • I can't agree more with you.
  • Damn Right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Note to Microsoft. You bought Nokia because they built excellent phones, something your own people had no idea about. Keep the Nokia Engineers and trim your in house deadwood that built up over the years of turf wars and fiefdom creation. The fat is in Redmond, not Nokia.
  • This. I just seen Toshiba W8  tab and hybird ads on Crackle that blows Microsoft shiat to the wind
  • Well said Mad Sci2 Hit the nail on the head perfectly. Just imagine what the no talent designers at MS are gonna be dishing out to us in the next couple of years. America design has failed miserably in the last 20 years. You gave us the beautiful sexy  Tomcat, Eagle and Hornet now all you can put out is the ugly F22 and even worse JSF. Meanwhile the Russian jets just get hotter and hotter..
  • "Ugly F22" "Meanwhile the Russian jets get hotter and hotter" Yea because Russian jets crash and burn from crappy design flaws. The F22 is a practical jet that looks very stealth and is very stealth for the very reason of being a stealth fighter jet.
  • Replace F22 with the F35
  • I would start with whoever is writing the firmware updates.
  • +1520
  • Exactly! Without Nokia's marketing division WP would be dead by now.. MS really needs to replace their marketing division with Nokia's.
  • Amen
  • And lets not forget the group who decided to not keep and build on Zune and decided to start from scratch with Xbox music instead. They must be a special bunch.
  • xD
  • Keep the people who went out of their way to fill the app gap with apps of their own :cough, Nokia,hack:
  • I hope the next (first) WP by Microsoft will have a new name, or get rid of the stupid numbering system. Some people who aren't techies and don't know much about WP think higher # means higher end. That isn't the case, as the Lumia 820 was better than the Lumia 900, and the Lumia 525 is better than the 710.
  • No.
  • Although it fits right in with Xbox naming logic where One is the successor to 360.  
  • Most likely a lot of jobs in manufacturing.
  • If the guys from MS get to do manufacturing, we will have a phone that looks and works like Xbox Music. /s
  • I've liked all my MS hardware from mice and keyboards to my Pro 3. If this speeds up firmware updates on phones as fast as their computers, I'm all for it. My Icon is almost six months old and the firmware to enable the rest of its features still hasn't been released.
  • Gotta ask... Microsoft or Verizon holding up the show there?
  • MS are gonna regret that if true.   We as consumers are going to suffer 1st then we will pass the pain onto MS.
  • It's only logical that this would happen. Of course there would be a lot of overlapping, this would happen with any boss, be it Ballmer or even Gates. This had to happen.
  • Indeed
  • I think Nokia's marketing division and engineering division were better than Microsoft's. Maybe they should lay off the ones at Microsoft instead.
  • Nah, my Pro 3 is better than any Nokia device I've seen yet.
  • I totally agree with you! It would be sad if the people that designed the N9/Lumia 800 hardware would have to go. And MS can learn a lot from Nokia's marketing team (see Zune...).
  • How much resources did MS put behind the Pro vs one phone? Pro ought to be better.
  • I'm not saying the should let the Surface team go! Only that they should keep Nokia's hardware and marketing teams.
  • Why is this wrong? With the Acquisition of Nokia they got a lot of people doing work (marketing for example) that there own staff all ready does. It's obvious that the need to reorganize the corporate structure and departments so everyone one is the job they should do and no one does a job someone else is already doing ;-) With corporate mergers like this one it's no more then logical to transform both separate companies into 1 good functioning company. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • No one said its wrong. We just need something to complain about, this works. Were frustrated waiting for update.
  • Maybe because Microsoft doesn't do a good job with things like I dunno marketing consumer goods and is not outstanding at hardware engineering. Yeah there might be overlap but I'm not sure it should be the Nokia people going.
  • Hoping for 8.1 atleast by this mnth. Now that hope is also crashed
  • You need a tissue or something?
  • Microsoft fucking up Nokia!!after the purchase,the devices are getting really stupid and dull 630 930,worst wps ever ,now they cut down the great Nokia staff
    And say bye bye nokia
  • 930 is amazing. Slap your face.
  • I second that :) Tareq, if the Lumia ICON is an awesome phone, how come Lumia 930 is not? Where it's the same phone. ICON - US Market (Verizon) 930 - International market (and slightly is better in specs than ICON) As Greece2014 said: Slap your face...... one more time :)
  • They're the same specs besides the radio.
  • true, my bad :) but the point was not about the specs, it was about the "same phone" :)
  • Look at when the Icon was released and when the 930 is. If this is the first phone to showcase windows 8.1 they should've release something on par with other flagship phone out there instead of repackaging an old phone.
  • Well, if you look at that way, ICON was released as a Verizon Exclusive, so, that's a targeted market, I don't think all USA users are on Verizon. 930 on the other hand is an international release, so it need more time for production cuz will hit much larger market. So, I guess marketing people or people who make sales startegies at MS know more of that than us end users. Whatever we say, don't think it will change something in MS general strategy. :)
  • Does Microsoft have a choice not to? Nokia just had too many people to run. I do think they're mostly going to the other side of Nokia
  • Hmm....idk
  • Of course u don't know.
  • Those phones were designed by Nokia, so if they are dull you should blame Nokia not Microsoft.
  • Exactly, waiting for that to ring a bell on someone.
  • I forgive you as your most likely 12 years old and dont undersatnad business.
  • I'm 25 and i do understand business, the fact that Microsoft keeps failing up and Nokia is the only reason people are buying Windows phone's,I say get rid of Microsoft's engineering team and keep nokia's,BUT get rid of nokia's marketing team and keep ms
  • Wow..Have you seen the CV/Resume of the people your looking to hire or fire?  Do you know thier SWOT analysis or strategy?  Do you know thier pipeline and resource allocations, budgets etc   Nokia is NOT why anyone purchased Windonws Phone (maybe a few), the majority purchased because of the OS, just happened to be on great hardware by Nokia.  MS Engineering team are outstanding, the testing team are crap IMO but thats most likely outsourced to TCS in India, however, the pressure for product release comes from the top, they have raodmaps and targets to hit and management need to say NO, this product is not ready instead of releasing devices with glitches.
  • I kept telling you folks there it seemed like there was some internal strife between the two cause MS just liquidated almost anything Nokia asap, its almost like someone's pissed and wants to twist the knife. Remember, natela is working with"senior staff" one or more may not have been happy haggling over the expanse of an ocean to make a phone.
  • Nowhere it I'd stating that it's the Nokia staff that would be reduced. I think Satya Nadella is smart enough to look for the best people for the job, and not just to fire old Nokia employees. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Omg, you're so right!! My 925 started lagging the moment Microsoft announced the Nokia acquisition!!
  • This was supposed to happen but at the same time we the consumers may suffer. MS is already doing bad with updates.
  • google has less employees and moves faster. why do you think more people = faster?
  • Something that needs to be done after a acquisition to align proper growth rate. We now have the best of both the companies develop team's and it's resources that will only benefit the OS. I don't think it will hurt production or effect the updates of lumias because many of the job's were repetitive.
  • Well said.
  • Only problem is, that's a lot of people to determine who stays and who goes. In a company like that, your pretty much a number.
  • I feel sorry for the person who ended up being labeled #127,104.
  • Sad that people will lose their job but it was to be expected....i just hope they keep the right people not only keep the older ones at the company to save money
  • It's sad......................................... but who cares? It wasn't our job #FeelingCool
  • Greece2014. Grow up.
  • Why? I'm on the internet world mr.GrownUpSeriousButthole
  • On the internet , nobody knows who you are. I can be cat, dog , a human, Bill Gates , or bat-man
  • Wall Street capitalism at work. Bigger company swallows smaller company; smaller company employees best get their resumes in order. 
  • It's perfect :)
  • Microsoft is out of there. It wont last long. That's where people from windows phone are going to head back to apple and android wait and see.
  • Well they wouldn't buy a phone division and then not make any phones
  • No more Cyan for me. Need a dish and vodka, the wait is going to be very painful. What happened to BBM beta?
  • Don't wait for cyan.Let cyan wait for you. :P
  • Why u acting like kids for cheetos?
  • Make me a drink as well, I'm going to join you :)
  • This isn't a surprise, it's normal when two giant companies merge. My concern is what happens after? It takes great skills and a manager with substantial experience to successfully integrate two corporations like Microsoft and Nokia together without disrupting market and service processes. I never subscribed to Nadella as his profile is more of techies without resounding management feats in his career but we claimed that we needed someone who understands the techie language and now he is just too slow. No proper plan or process for rolling out WP8.1 (Nokia used to give us at least a website to check update schedule based on region, carrier and country). I just wonder if Ballmer was really slow and less innovative, Nadella talks too much with nothing or little to show for it. Just my opinion. I am beginning to defeat my own argument that a high end Lumia is better than an iPhone.
  • Well Said (Y)
  • I'll vote you as CEO of Microsoft! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I think that too, the microsoft's management is in chaos right now when the competitive market is flourishing. Long awaited disappointed peoples from super late updates and sudden bad news like this one may force them to move back to Samsung and apple where the provision of services are up-to-date and satisfying.
  • first of all, Ballmer was responsible for the mess Nadella is cleaning up. Remember it was Ballmer who thought OEMs would pay for windows phone when android was nacent in 2011. It was Ballmer who drove away talent to google and amazon among others due to his "stack ranking". I could go on and on about why Ballmer was a leader for a different time. But the truth is that Nadella can't turn the ship around that fast. If you understand the complexities as you claim you do, then you must at least see this. Any CEO, doesn't matter who, has to be given the chance. If you think that anybody could spin MSFT on a dime after a year, then you're really not qualified to judge Nadella.
  • Lay off Steve Flop please
  • Couldnt agree more + 1520
  • I'd say give him more responsibility. Clearly MSFT doesn't have a clue about mobile. If it did, it wouldn't be the eternal 3% player. Elop does among its flaws have a virtue: he ran a big mobiel company that was doomed due to decisions that pre-dated him. He knows what OEMs want from MSFT. MSFT is clueless as they have proven and need all the help they can get.
  • Lets cut down man power and ask robots to design phones
  • Gutted for those who will lose their jobs. It won't bea good time for them. Puts into perspective my wanting the next software update; behind every update there are people with feelings, families and dreams.
  • I have a dream. The dream MSFT will change and be the agile company it once was. If jos must be lost to this, the benefit will offset the losses. Imagine all the jobs that will be created when/if MSFT platforms gain mobile traction. That will offset the few layoffs needed to make it happen. plus this people aren't some assembly line working in a developing country. They are highly educated pros who will find something else to do at a place more suited to their skills.
  • At least their not getting the pink slip right before Christmas. That's the way we normally do things around here.
  • I hope they keep Nokia's marketing team and get rid of their own instead of the opposite!
  • This should not come as a surprise to anyone. I have worked for three Fortune 100 companies, and the bank I work for now was acquired by one of the five largest banks in the world two years ago. You don't pick up an acquisition of this size without laying off some people.
  • This may end up being a good thing in the long term. The same happened when Steve Jobs returned to Apple and look at their position ever since the invention of the iPod.
  • WOW..just wow!!!! Some of the coments ive read are beyond belief.  MS are doing EXACTLY what ANY and EVERY single company in the world would be doing if they purchased a 30,000 strong company and bought them into the fold.  This is called integration, its part and parcel of the strategy.  Do you really expect them to KEEP ALL 30,000 staff? If yes then please do not ever start a business, better for you to be an employee for others that understand the basics. The best staff will be retained, duplicate roles gotton rid of and THEN the process of streamlining workflow can continue.  Micrsoft need another 6+ months to fully benefit from this takeover, Nokia was not built in a day, they cannot be integrated in a day either.  As for the doom and gloomers who point to the recently launched devices, they are NOTHING to do with Microsoft from hardware point of view as these were already in the pipeline at Nokia.  Patience, wait and see what MS bring out in the next several months, then and ONLY THEN can any of us truly see/judje what they are doing.  All the signs are amazing and this is only one of many steps taken to give us what we want.
  • +30 000
  • Yeah, exactly this. People thinking with their hearts instead of thier heads.  This is no shocker to anyone with any business knowledge.  Life isn't fair.  This happens frequently.  Get over it.
  • How about fire 1 guy (Nadella) and vote for Elop? Hahaha! Or get Gates back! Ai!! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Adding 30'000 employees created lot of duplicates in jobs and functions so it is only reasonable to let some ppl go...
  • except I hope they cut 30K most from the OLD MSFT. time to clean house.
  • How dare Microsoft try to make more money, what do they think they are? A business!? Err, wait what?
  • Madmass seems to be an ass. Bloody racist :3 better look around you and you will get an answe about the race you are talking about.
  • @Rahul,  its okay its internet, people can post what they think not whats right. The comment are not screened before it get posted like it happens on other website . its gets posted right away. Pros and cons. We have the freedom lets not misuse it..thats what differentiates us from the herd.
  • I can't believe that I am reading all these short-sighted comments. Proves that end consumer is indeed super dumb. This was bound to happen, when company is struggling or merging, lay offs happen. It happened with Nokia, With HP (when they baught Palm), Motorola and it has also happened with Apple. Its called management.
    That being said, I hope any deserving individual won't lose his/her job into this ordeal. And may they find better work environment, if they had been laid-off.
  • What a surprise. No one saw this coming, definitely... /s
  • He should not layoff the Nokian's, they are a talented lot he should look elsewhere, in Redmond, maybe the surface team, any hardware they design is plagued by hardware issues, battery problems and so on.... From these happenings I am sure MS is not going to release another 41MP beast, it is a low margin device, they may want to choose low margin high volume devices like 520, 630 and so on. Even if they do release a high end device availability will be limited :(
  • I got a feeling that no matter what will be done, it's all bad for WP at this point.
  • I hope they don't sabotage windows phone on their way out or put it some hidden "joke" code to mess with us.
  • Oh no! You just gave them the idea.
  • it's called xbox music. and the joke is on us.
  • It's bizarre how suddenly everyone here has become a business expert and seems to know the intimate workings of both Microsoft and the Nokia division and who needs to get cut. When any company aquires part of another there is going to be overlap. Howling about who is better and worthy of a job without knowing exactly what each of these people do is pretty pedantic.
  • Ppl loose their jobs everyday should cry for everyone? Who cares is right on! Windows will be in our hands for a long time!
  • Are they laying off the Xbox music team? Please?
  • don't worry, they'll go back to school this fall :)
  • Fully agreed. LEAVE NOKIA ALONE...trim your lousy marketing, retail executive/upper management.
  • about time. MSFT is too top heavy and there is too much drift wood in there. Their inability to move quickly on emerging tech trends points to a dysfunctional organization full of egos and not enough skill. Clear the way for younger better talent to transform the company and get rid of the chess players from the Ballmer era. And I would love to see Joe B and Terry M move to different roles not as critical to the company. Maybe put them in charge of something more suited to their talents, like managing one of the ERP products or working on the next version of microsoft bob. Mobile is far too important to let the WP executives stay. After years of failure to both deliver OS updates in a timely fashion, OR marketshare, the axe has to come down.
  • Wow. You do an impressive job of veiling uninformed opinion and BS as fact.
  • Wasn't he just questioned about this lay off and he danced around the question
  • Shocking
  • All I have to say is, if Microsoft is smart, they won't change anything about Nokia. Microsoft has an identity crisis - embrace Nokia's! Nokia is so well-loved. Microsoft wants to start thinking about their consumers, something about emotion and used Apple as an example. NOKIA is a Better one. They have a great image; can't help but love Nokia. Take advantage of your acquisition and learn from Nokia! :)
  • Couldn't agree more; take from both cultures and make them awesome. ;)
  • How bout we resurrect Steve Jobs with his head in a jar like Futerama to run MS?
  • Please no...he was an a**. Lol...I've had enough of bull-headed CEOs ;)
  • Acquire a company that overlaps areas in your company and layoffs will happen. Nothing to see, move along.
  • Exactly :)
  • Businesses are in business for one...and ONLY one...reason: To stay profitable and make money. Layoffs for a company of Microsoft's size as compared to the mammoths of Apple and Google are a good idea simply because reorganization is key here to ensure effectiveness and efficiency. It's all part of strategic management and accounting. As much as layoffs suck to the employees and to society (and I'm sure news and media outlets), a resource-sucking company is worse. Nadella is doing the right thing here...he's realizing a society that uses Apple and Google products above Microsoft's, so to show those customers value, why not do what Microsoft is known for? Make the services better so it lures them away from those other guys to Microsoft products! I see his strategy, I see what he's doing, and quite frankly, I want to work for the company and own Microsoft stock for when it booms. No one has an idea what will happen...but I truly believe he'll turn the company around :)
  • BTW WPCentral, any way we can make the text box bigger on Windows Phone for when I compose big phrases (or rants) on your app? ........nvm it's doing it now as I type. (goes back to his hiding place)
  • 10000 engineers cause I've helluva mess (look at various versions of Windows), slows stuff down and causes bugs because left hand has no idea whatever what the right one is doing. I say fire half of the staff, and threaten the remaining one's, that should increase productivity and keep MS go faster than its legendary snail pace.
  • Here's what all these kids here are pissed about...they want their update...and 2 days after they get it they will be screaming for the next one! You live too long in the future and you spoil the present. If you really wanted the update you should have taken the gift MS gave us with the 8.1 dev preview..or did mom and dad tell you no cause it would void the warranty?
  • I guess this was inevitable. At this point I just hope those eventually affected get good alternatives soon. No one can be blamed here. The damage was already done since Nokia devices was struggling few years back. These are just side effects. Even very healthy companies trim staff. I suppose it's just a reminder to all that a company is designed first for profit and maybe if things are good, then staff welfare may get considered. But profitability and survival come first. Always.
  • Sad that anyone is losing their job but let's face it the Nokia team had come s long easy with imaging, display, build quality and innovation. Microsoft has always not been to great on the hardware front. I am hoping that all the relevant Nokia players are staying on.... All I can do is hope.
  • They should shed the weight in the MS marketing team, merge the engineering teams and keep the Nokia marketing team. I bet bulk of the cuts will be in HR and Accounting. Also the team who decided MS apps don't need any QC needs to be fired.
  • Exactly bro, MS marketing team is the worst in history! The Xbox One debacle is a prime example but there are many more!
  • The first people fired should be anyone involved in and responsible for Xbox Music.
  • Good Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Hate my self for Buying lumia 8.1 was happy with android, on windows phone 8.1 no option to attach MP3 file on whatsapp and no calling option on FB messenger, but on android and iOS its possible, why windows is doing this to us
  • On a different note,SHAME ON THE ENGLISH OF THIS NEWS.what is LARGE AMOUNTS OF STAFF?So staff are materials nowadays that u have AMOUNTS of staff?like large amount of sugar?
  • ...and the reactive gutting of Microsoft for short term profit begins.
  • FUD...
  • Trim Elop.
  • Get rid of most of the Windows Phone team. Seems like a good idea.
  • Most of you are misinformed idiots. Hate to be so blunt, but it's true. One idiot will half read an article, then 60 other idiots will half read what the first one wrote. It's pretty simple... end your misery. Dump WP and run to whatever makes you happiest, or quiets your rampant bitching just a little. Even if you have a "contract", figure a way out of it so you can get something in your hands that makes your mobile life easier. Because constantly complaining about what essentially amounts to a whole lot of nothing is about the dumbest stuff you can do.
  • I think Microsoft needed to layoff people even before the Nokia accuisition. There is clearly a cultural problem with the company that is keeping them at a glacial pace for product releases and enhancements.. I don't know what development processes they have in place, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that they're still doing a lot of Waterfall instead of Agile. They need some fresh blood, and I think Nadella is recognizing that.
  • IMO they need to fire most of the xbox one marketing team. Good lord. 
  • Regarding the restructuring, I'll loosely borrow from Shakespeare; "First kill all of the marketing people."
  • If they are going to get rid of marketing staff it should be Microsoft's own as they haven't got a clue. Keep Nokia marketing!!!