Microsoft Initiates Steps To Lay Off 3a��4 K Employees, Mostly Outside US

The US tech giant is laying off employees in keeping with the shift in its focus from software to cloud computing and business services.

San Francisco: US tech giant Microsoft disclosed on Thursday that a�?an unspecified number of jobs would be cuta�? as part of re-organising its global sales operations.

The New York Times has, however, reported that Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella might cut 3,000 to 4,000 jobs, mostly outside the US. When contacted, the spokesperson for the tech giant declined to confirm the number.

The proposed layoffs come after the US giant has decided to reduce its focus on software and concentrate on cloud computing and business services.

Responding to an email by a news agency, Microsoft said, a�?Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated. Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others.”

According to the official website of the company, Microsoft had more than 121,000 employees across the world at the end of March.

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