Date
25 September 2017
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella says the staff cuts are difficult but necessary to bring a new direction to the company. Photo: Bloomberg
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella says the staff cuts are difficult but necessary to bring a new direction to the company. Photo: Bloomberg

Microsoft sheds 2,100 more jobs

Microsoft will cut 2,100 more staff as part of a plan to shed 18,000 jobs, some 14 percent of its workforce.

The software giant said 747 jobs will go in the Seattle area, with the rest spread across its global operations, BBC News reported.

Microsoft has already cut 13,000 jobs, with the bulk at the Nokia mobile device unit which it acquired for US$9.5 billion.

In July, chief executive Satya Nadella unveiled plans to move Microsoft away from software to online services, apps and devices.

Microsoft, which has about 127,000 people on its payroll, will take a charge of between US$1.1 billion and US$1.6 billion for costs related to the cuts, according to the BBC.

In an email to staff in July, Nadella said the “difficult but necessary” cuts are part of a plan to bring a new direction to the company.

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