07.16.14

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Microsoft’s Latest Round of Massive/Bulk/Large-scale Layoffs

Posted in Microsoft at 11:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Microsoft boosters are preparing ‘damage control’ pieces ahead of massive layoffs at Microsoft

Murdoch’s press took note of Microsoft’s shrinkage amid death of products. There are more layoffs coming which mostly affect Nokia staff. CNET/CBS, which has been openwashing Microsoft (at the very highest level), spreads misinformation about it. As a reads of ours explained: “It was not $7.2 billion USD as mentioned in this article. That sum is misleading as it includes patent licensing and not just the sale.”

Here is the misinformation which says:

Microsoft is planning its largest round of layoffs in five years as the software giant looks to integrate Nokia Oyj’s handset unit, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing people with knowledge of the company’s plans.

The job cuts, expected to be announced as soon as this week, will likely affect positions in the Nokia unit that serve the same function in other parts of Microsoft, as well as in marketing and engineering, Bloomberg reported. Microsoft added roughly 25,000 employees when it completed its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division in April.

Sources told the news agency that the round of job cuts could be the largest in Microsoft’s history, exceeding the 5,800 positions it eliminated in 2009.

The original was a puff piece from Bloomberg, written by Microsoft's friend Dina Bass to cushion the blow ahead the announcement. She is Nadella-washing the company (the ‘new’ Microsoft) and trying to make it sound like everything is just fine. It is PR and damage control, as one can see here. To quote:

The reductions — which may be unveiled as soon as this week — will probably be in areas such as Nokia and divisions of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as marketing and engineering, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said.

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The company had 127,104 employees as of June 5, after adding about 30,000 in its acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit.

Nothing is said about Microsoft’s thuggish entyryism and Elop the mole, as well as prior layoffs at Nokia (by now, one oughtn’t expect yet more layoffs, alas Microsoft totally destroyed the company). There is an attempt to shift blame here.

The bottom line is, Microsoft continues to fail very badly in mobile and not even subversive tactics are helping. Microsoft destroyed Nokia, passed its patents to patent trolls, and took its extensive user data trove to the US, where this data can be more easily mined by the Five Eyes.

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A Single Comment

  1. lozz said,

    July 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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    When the engine breaks down on a tramp steamer, instead of coming to a screeching halt, it just “loses way” until it finally sits “dead in the water”. If it sits “dead in the water” long enough the bottom rusts out and it sinks beneath the waves.

    The engine broke down at M$ when they decided it was a better idea to spend all their resources attacking Free Software rather than improving their own product. They lost their way.

    Now they’re clueless and sitting “dead in the water” waiting for the bottom to fall out and put the whole sad show out of its misery.

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