Microsoft is expected to announce more than 6,000 job cuts early Thursday, as the software giant looks to slim down after acquiring Nokia.
Microsoft is set to cut more than 6,000 jobs, with the announcement expected early Thursday. These could be the largest cuts in the company’s 39 year history, as the company looks to slim down its operations to compete with nimbler competitors such as Google and Apple.
A large portion of the cuts are expected to cut from the Nokia unit, which Microsoft acquired in April for $7.2 billion. The acquisition pushed the software giant’s headcount to 127,000. Significant job cuts are expected as part of the restructuring and integration of Nokia staff.
Biggest job cuts yet
An anonymous Microsoft executive told the news wire that the expected job cuts may exceed the 5,800 in 2009, which is to date the biggest in the company’s history. A memo last week from Satya Nadella said that “nothing was off the table” as Microsoft changed its culture.
This move would be a part of the company’s plans for a leaner business model, with a greater focus on cloud computing and mobile devices. Microsoft is also expected to trim its Xbox game and entertainment unit, which Nadella praised, but did not describe as a “core” business.