Microsoft lays off its press editorial team as part of latest streamline measures

Microsoft's entire press editorial team have been laid off as part of latest measures to streamline the company and cutback on expenditure. The team were responsible for aiding enthusiasts, developers, as well as consumers with technical assistant and published resources since 1984. MSPU received confirmation from Microsoft on the layoffs, noting that the move "reflects adaptations to business needs."

As reported by IT Unity:

"A sign of continuing financial pressures on the traditional book publishing market came in last week's decision to layoff all the Microsoft Press editorial staff. These individuals were responsible for bringing Microsoft Press book projects through from initial concept to final publication and are well respected in the industry. The work is now likely to be done on an outsourced basis, probably in association with Pearson, who already handles the distribution of Microsoft Press titles. It is a sad day for a part of Microsoft that has contributed so much to the advancement of learning about the company's technology since 1984."

Platforms covered by the team included Windows 10, Office 365, Windows Server, as well as application deployment. This latest round is yet another blow to Microsoft's workforce, who have undergone reductions in staff numbers over recent years. Should you be intrigued to learn more about the available eBooks and other resources available, be sure to head to the Microsoft Press Blog.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.