Published On: Sun, Jul 2nd, 2017

Microsoft is laying off ‘thousands’ of staff in a vital tellurian sales reorganization


Microsoft is staid to layoff thousands of employees worldwide in a pierce to rearrange a salesforce.

A source with believe of a designed downsizing told TechCrunch that a U.S. organisation would lay off “thousands” of staff opposite a world. The restructuring is set to include an organizational partnership that involves a craving patron section and one or some-more of a SME-focused divisions. The changes are set to be announced this entrance week, we understand.

Microsoft declined to comment.

Earlier this weekend, the Puget Sound Business Journal, Bloomberg and The Seattle Times all reported ‘major’ layoffs associated to a pierce to boost a importance on cloud services within Microsoft’s sales teams worldwide. Bloomberg pronounced a redundancies would be “some of a many poignant in a sales force in years.”

The reorder looks to be a outcome of a change of care this past year. Executives Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois took assign of Microsoft’s sales and selling groups following a exit of long-serving COO Kevin Turner final summer. Althoff, for one, has been open in his critique of prior sales approaches, and he is penetrating to make Azure a executive partial of a focus.

At any rate, a time is right for change, historically. The finish of Microsoft’s mercantile year typically falls in July, and it new years it has been a time when a organisation has announced headcount reductions.

Last year, Microsoft announced that it would cut 2,850 jobs — including during slightest 900 from a sales group, according to The Seattle Times — carrying dual months progressing said it would let go of 1,850 staff associated to a smartphone business. In Jul 2015, it done 7,800 pursuit cuts and wrote down $7.6 billion of a Nokia acquisition.

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