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Microsoft to cut 1850 jobs globally to streamline its smartphone hardware business

By   /  May 26, 2016  /  Comments Off on Microsoft to cut 1850 jobs globally to streamline its smartphone hardware business

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Mumbai:  Microsoft Corp announced on 25th May 2016 that the company plans to streamline the company’s smartphone hardware business, which will force the company to shed 1,850 jobs. As a result, the company will record an impairment and restructuring charge of approximately $950 million, of which approximately $200 million will relate to severance payments.

Following this restructuring drive, the company will axe 1,350 jobs at Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland, as well as up to 500 additional jobs globally. The company has not given further details in which global locations job cuts will be implemented. Employees working for Microsoft Oy, a separate Microsoft sales subsidiary based in Espoo, are not in scope for the planned reductions, the company said.

“We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation — with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum capability, and consumers who value the same,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms.”

As a result of the action, Microsoft will record a charge in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 for the impairment of assets in its More Personal Computing segment, related to these phone decisions.

The actions associated with the announcement are expected to be substantially complete by the end of the calendar year and fully completed by July 2017, the end of the company’s next fiscal year, the company announced through a press release.


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