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In this photo taken July 3, 2014, a worker walks past a Microsoft Corp. sign outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft on Thursday, July 17, 2014 announced it will lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren)

Microsoft has decided to layoff thousands of jobs


Microsoft on Wednesday announced a major restructuring that will layoff thousands of jobs there, according to CNBC.

The New York Times on Thursday reported that the cuts will trim Microsoft’s marketing and sales organizations, impacting employees mostly outside the U.S.

A person familiar with the tech company’s plans told The Times that the overall job losses worldwide will probably range from 3,000 to 4,000 roles.

Microsoft has 121,000 employees around the globe, according to CNBC, with about 71,000 of those workers based in America.

Some Twitter users on Thursday expressed disappointment in the news, which was reportedly delivered to affected Microsoft employees that day.

“Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated,” a Microsoft spokesman told CNBC Thursday.

“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others.”

CNBC reported that Microsoft is specifically revamping how it sells Azure, it’s cloud-services product.

Microsoft’s cloud business has swelled in recent quarters, with the company purportedly noting a 93 percent growth in Azure sales last quarter.

Amazon, Google and other major tech businesses are competing with Microsoft for valuable market space in the business of implementing cloud-based software.

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