Microsoft has remained in the news lately about its layoff policies. We have already covered on Possible Microsoft Layoffs regarding the layoffs in the recent past. In the current development, Microsoft has announced 2,100 layoffs as part of the closing down of its research and development operation on Thursday.
The news about the closure of Microsoft Research Lab, situated in Mountain View, California was confirmed by its staff through Twitter. Since then, the news has spread like fire in the tech world. However, the company later officially stated that the closure would result in the elimination of only 50 jobs.
When the spokesman of the Silicon Valley based company was asked, he reported that about 1,000 engineers work for the Microsoft research all around the world. The research work and the dissection of new product ideas will now be based at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Washington and other offices in NY and Boston.
After another layoff, the strength of the employees at the Mountain View campus has gone down to 2,500. In California too, the company has cut around 160 jobs on Thursday which is accompanied with 747 job cuts in the Seattle area.
This is not the first time that job cuts have been affected in Microsoft. This is followed by a job cut of 13,000 back in July. Over the next nine months or so, more job cuts are expected in the company.
The recent job cuts will definitely affect the handset business of Nokia which has been bought by Microsoft lately. However, we will have to wait and see how these job cuts in Microsoft helps the company in a long run.