Microsoft approximately 32,000 employees when they acquired Nokia earlier this year. That brought Microsoft up to about 100,000 employees in total. Today the company announced that they would be making some huge changes to the company, including changing the workforce. That means downsizing. By how much you might ask? About 18,000 jobs over the next year. The majority of that will come from Nokia Services and Devices accounting for 12,500 jobs. About 13,000 employees will be cut over the next 6 months with more later on. Microsoft did mention that new roles would be created at the same time as this. They hope that these moves will breathe new life into the company.
Losing jobs is something no one ever wants to hear about, but it’s not the only bad news from Microsoft today, the Nokia X is also dead. The company plans to keep the designs, but transition them to the Lumia lineup which of course means we will see Windows Phone on these devices rather than Android.
What do you think of these changes? Are they for the good, or for the bad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. You can read Satya Nadella’s full blog post about these changes here.