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Microsoft to Cut Up to 4000 Sales and Marketing Jobs

Microsoft to Cut Up to 4000 Sales and Marketing Jobs”

In this round of layoffs, up to 3,000 employees will be impacted by the reorg; most of the cuts will come from outside the U.S. and as expected, impact the Sales organization.

Microsoft is in the process of notifying employees that their jobs are "under consideration", or that their positions will be eliminated, the spokesman said.

Microsoft said Thursday it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs amid reports the United States tech giant was reorganizing its global sales operations. Microsoft Azure's revenue grew 93 percent in the first quarter of 2017, compared to AWS' 43 percent growth.

Microsoft's shares are down 0.7% at $68.63 today.

"Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners", a Microsoft spokesperson told INQ.

Given the size of the Microsoft work force - the company has 71,000 USA -based employees and 121,000 employees internationally - these layoffs represent a comparatively small move.

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Microsoft is reportedly cutting up to 3,000 staff globally as it focuses on the competitive cloud computing sector.

Microsoft will effectively end its financial year with its scheduled fourth quarter results announcement on July 20, with major increases in revenues from cloud services expected. CNBC reported 3000 jobs from sales and marketing will go. 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.

Microsoft's goal isn't to cut costs, and the move is instead a change to how Microsoft does sales. Microsoft typically announces job cuts at the beginning of its fiscal year; its 2016 fiscal year ended on Friday.

Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are the dominant "super-clouds" for computing, according to the analyst.

This year's cuts could affect as many as 3,000 people, according to CNBC.



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