San Francisco, US: Microsoft is planning layoffs as it refocuses its sales force on making the software colossus a pivotal part of businesses relying on cloud computing, according to media reports. While many reports forecast the changes would result in thousands of job cuts, Microsoft on Monday only confirmed to AFP that changes were on the way.
“Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners,” a Microsoft spokesperson told AFP. Tech news website GeekWire published what it indicated were excerpts from the Microsoft memo, which referred to an enormous business opportunity helping its customers with “digital transformations.”
Chief Executive Satya Nadella has sought to reduce the tech giant’s focus on software, shifting to cloud computing. “From large multinationals to small and medium businesses to non-profits all over the world, organizations are using Microsoft’s cloud platforms to power their digital transformation,” Nadella said when the company reported its earnings for the first three months of this year.
Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has announced thousands of jobs cuts in recent years, the most severe being 18,000 positions eliminated in 2014. The technology giant cut 7,800 jobs in 2015, and 4,700 last year.