Microsoft is expected to announce another round of layoffs as it seeks to cut costs in an increasingly competitive technology landscape.
The layoffs are apparently in addition to the 18,000 jobs the company said it planned to cut a year ago. Microsoft’s hardware division is expected to see bulk of the planned job losses, including the company’s struggling smartphone division.
CEO Satya Nadell in a company-wide email sent out in late June intended to rally employees did mention of tough choices that had to be made in areas where things weren’t working out.
Microsoft recently sold off its display ad business to AOL and parts of its Bing Mapping resources to ride-hailing service Uber.
While Microsoft said it would turn around Nokia’s ailing smartphone business, the signs of that happening anytime soon are pretty bleak. The focus currently is on Windows 10, with which the company hopes it can grab the attention of developers.
There’s a lot of change taking place at Microsoft but a few missteps such as the acquisition of Nokia, Windows 8 and Windows RT in general are still proving to be thorns in the path to supremacy.