Summary: GNU/Linux leader remains the only one standing (and thriving) despite a tough economy
Apple retail sheds 1,600 full-time positions
Apple’s retail group shed about 1,600 full-time equivalent workers during its second fiscal quarter.
According to figures that somehow failed to make it into the release of Apple’s latest quarterly financial results, Apple’s retail group shed about 1,600 full-time equivalent workers during its second fiscal quarter.
It remains to be seen whether Microsoft will announce further layoffs [1, 2, 3] after abysmal results [1, 2, 3]. Todd Bishop is now saying that Microsoft profits are down 30% although the accurate number is 32% and the truth may be worse because Microsoft has a history of cooking the books [1, 2] and so do Apple and Novell. Like Apple, Microsoft prefers to keep this a low-profile tidbit and to use euphemisms like “reorgs” or “adjustments” while disengaging with outside contracts, temporary workers, and partners; these are redundancies that Microsoft is not obliged to disclose for the benefit of shareholders. █