Microsoft may lay off thousands as it plans sales force overhaul

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New Delhi: With Microsoft putting emphasis on its cloud-computing products, the technology giant is likely to re-organise its sales groups, resulting in major layoffs, media reports said.

A formal announcement could be made by next week, Seattle Times reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. The sales group of Microsoft was affected in an earlier layoff announcement.

Tech news website GeekWire published what it indicated were excerpts from the Microsoft memo, which referred to an enormous business opportunity helping its customers with “digital transformations.”

Chief Executive Satya Nadella has sought to reduce the tech giant’s focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services.

The technology giant cut 7,800 jobs in 2015, and 4,700 last year.

The layoffs announced in July 2016, which targeted 2,850 cuts over the course of Microsoft’s just-ended fiscal year, included at least 900 employees of the sales group.

Microsoft reported revenue gains in cloud and business service operations, which offset a drop in “personal computing,” which includes the Windows operating system that once made up its core business.