Microsoft has laid off just under 1,000 employees worldwide. All divisions of the company were affected, while some company veterans also lost their jobs. Redmond justified itself by invoking a new priority for its projects.
A few months after Elon Musk’s surprise announcement of laying off 10,000 employees at his Tesla company, it’s Microsoft’s turn to sort out its teams. The Redmond company had already set the course last July, announcing that it wanted to lay off 1% of its 180,000 employees in anticipation of the next recession. According to a Business Insider report, just this week, just under 1,000 people have been laid off at Microsoft.
Referring to the various posts on the social networks of the people involved, we note that these separations are spread across several branches of the company, from the Games division to the Strategic Missions and Technologies division, which is responsible for developing advanced technologies for tomorrow. Likewise, the hierarchy does not appear to enter the process. Casey Limson, chief product officer of chief technology officer and longtime Microsoft employee, announced her layoff on Monday, October 17.
Microsoft is laying off 1,000 employees in just one week
For its part, Microsoft invokes the need to set new priorities in its projects, as it explained in an email from Zach Kramer, head of the task engineering team, sent to employees to announce the action.
Zach Kramer also stresses that it is necessary to make compromises in the face of dwindling resources and lack of time to dedicate all projects. A Microsoft spokesperson said: “Like all companies, we regularly assess our priorities and make structural adjustments accordingly. We will continue to invest in our business and recruit in key growth areas in the coming year. »