Microsoft to cut 2,100 jobs
19 September 2014
Microsoft will close its Silicon Valley R&D operation as part of 2,100 layoffs as it moves toward its new CEO’s goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14% of its global workforce.
News of the closure of the Microsoft Research lab at the company’s campus in Mountain View, California, was first made public on Twitter by employees. The company later confirmed the move and said it would involve the loss of 50 jobs.
A spokesman said Microsoft Research, which has over 1,000 scientists and engineers worldwide working on new product ideas, will consolidate its U.S. work at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Washington, and in offices in New York and Boston.
Microsoft is cutting 160 jobs in California, and another 747 in the Seattle area, a spokesman said, as part of a total of 2,100 layoffs around the world.
This is the second wave of cuts after it laid off 13,000 in July 2014, which marked the start of CEO Satya Nadella’s plan to lay off 18,000 people overall. That means 2,900 more layoffs coming over the coming months.
The latest jobs cuts were spread over different countries and teams, the spokesman said. The last wave of cuts mostly affected the handset business of Nokia, which Microsoft bought earlier this year.
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