Bombshell: Microsoft to Eliminate 18,000 Jobs in Restructuring

    By Kim Lachance Shandrow | Small Business

    This morning, some seriously bad news for many Microsoft employees: CEO Satya Nadella emailed a note to employees explaining that the company will cut 18,000 jobs in the next year, the most ever in its history.

    Microsoft is “moving now” to cut the first 13,000 positions on the chopping block, Nadella wrote. The “vast majority” of the other positions will be “eliminated” over the next six months. Employees from Nokia, which Microsoft recently acquired, are expected to account for some 12,500 of the total cuts, about half of the employees that came over from Nokia.

    It’s not all grim news, though. As jobs are taken away, new ones will be added, Nadella said. “It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in other strategic areas,” he said in the email. “My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible."

    In a note from earlier this week, Nadella hinted at “organization changes” that would lead to layoffs.

    Stay tuned for more as this story develops.

    Related: Microsoft Reportedly Prepping Massive Round of Layoffs

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