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Microsoft Cutting Employees Today

Microsoft is laying off employees today, but no comment has yet been released by the company.

The layoff possibility was described in a TechFlash article posted on Tuesday by Todd Bishop. He subsequently wrote today that the job cuts are happening now and numbering in "the hundreds" worldwide.

Layoffs apparently are happening in Microsoft's Central Marketing Group, Enterprise and Partner Group and Small and Medium Business Sales Group, according to reader comments in the Mini-Microsoft blog. The blog is anonymously written but it maintains a rather ruthless motto for a blog ostensibly written by Microsoft employees: "Let's slim down Microsoft into a lean, mean, efficient customer pleasing profit making machine!"

Last calendar year, Microsoft cut or moved more than 5,000 employees, signaling a new trend for a company that had previously avoided mass company-wide layoffs. The layoffs come just in time for Microsoft's fourth-quarter 2010 earnings report, scheduled to be publicized on July 22. Microsoft entered its 2011 fiscal year on July 1, 2009.

According to Microsoft stats updated on April 20, 2010, Microsoft has 88,180 employees globally, 55,363 employees in the United States and 39,738 employees in Washington State.

Possibly, the employee cuts will be disclosed in Microsoft's upcoming Q4 earnings report. In the past, Microsoft has lessened the cuts by hiring the laid-off employees in other company positions.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is online news editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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Reader Comments:

Sun, Nov 21, 2010 LC Bryson Fort Worth, TX.

Well, I'm sorry to hear that about MICROSOFT which means there will be more highly qualified Certified Technicians looking for jobs on top of those of us whom are already looking. This news will impact career choices at the vocational, college and university levels. It already is an employers MARKET. Not to mention higher unemployment numbers, which doesn't count those whom have exhausted their benefits. Better known as the unaccounted unemployed. Whats going to happen to the Gulf War Vetrans when they return. Thanks you, but were sent all the jobs overseas, so you'll have to goto India or Poland to get an exported AMERICAN JOB.

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