Microsoft Plans to Cut Up to 3K Jobs in Sales Staff Overhaul

With rivals like Amazon and Google finding success with their respective cloud services, it's no surprise to hear that Microsoft wants to invest more in its Azure business.

CNBC reported that layoffs would cut up to 3,000 employees.

Microsoft announced a major reorganization on Wednesday that will include thousands of layoffs, largely in sales. Microsoft doesn't give specific revenue figures for its cloud computing platform, Azure, but said in its most recent earnings report that Azure revenues grew 93%.

The changes, the spokesperson said, are being implemented to better serve customers and partners. At the time he stated his intention of turning Microsoft into a cloud services company, and has made good on that promise with the company now issuing updates on a near-weekly basis.

Fortt states today that the cuts would be focused in Microsoft's sales operations, citing multiple unnamed sources.

Mid-year re-structurings have become the standard at Microsoft ever since former CEO Steve Ballmer announced a company-wide restructuring in 2013 - shortly before he departed from the company and current chief executive Satya Nadella took over in 2014.

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While some news outlets have said Microsoft plans to lay off "thousands" of employees worldwide, internal memos obtained by Reuters do not mention layoffs.

The Redmond-based software giant didn't go into details about how many people would lose their jobs as part of the company's long-rumored reorganization, but a report from CNBC put the number around 3,000.

Currently, the company has over 120,000 employees working for them globally.

Microsoft Corporation shares were trading at $68.59 per share on Thursday morning, down $0.49 (-0.71%).

The company has been beefing up its cloud software and services as it tries to unseat the sector's top provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • Regina Walsh