Microsoft slashes 5,000 jobs

Microsoft slashes 5,000 jobs



“As we move forward, we will continue to closely monitor the impact of the economic downturn on the company and if necessary, take further actions on our cost structure, including job eliminations,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a memo to employees on Tuesday.

In January, the software major announced that it would trim 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months. “Microsoft will eliminate up to 5,000 jobs in R&D, HR, marketing, sales, finance, legal, and IT over the next 18 months, including 1,400 jobs today,” the company said in a statement on January 22.

Ballmer in the memorandum said the firm is implementing the “second phase” of the plan to bring down spending and cut jobs. The latest action would include positions within and outside the US.

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