Microsoft Workforce Fears ‘Cloud’, Thousand Layoffs May Soon follow

Satya Nadella

Technology biggies are looking into automation and cloud to revamp their businesses. This migration is haunting millions of workforce to sustain their jobs. Layoffs are becoming an undeniable reality; Microsoft has lately announced an internal reorganization which may result to thousands of job cuts. The reorganization — typical for the company as it begins its next fiscal year (FY 18 kicked off July 1) — is largely expected to be focused this time around on its sales organization.

Bloomberg reported late last week that the coming reorg would be focused on improving the way Microsoft sells its cloud software and services.

Reports also hint that a formal announcement could be made by next week.

Judson Althoff, Executive Vice-President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft, has been critical of company’s former sales approach, which he characterised as an attempt to sell Azure, Microsoft’s platform of on-demand computing power and software services. The sales group of Microsoft was affected in an earlier layoff announcement. 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.

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