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Microsoft will lay off up to 18,000 people, mostly ex-Nokia employees

Above: Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella.

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Looks like Microsoft’s layoff rumors were far too optimistic.

In a public announcement, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella revealed today that the company will cut up to 18,000 jobs “in the next year.” Nearly 70 percent of the layoffs will affect ex-Nokia employees — up significantly from the projected 1,000 job cuts reported by a Finnish newspaper yesterday.

As we’ve previously detailed, Microsoft bought the cellular device devision of Nokia last spring, and since then 25,000 Nokia employees have become Microsoft employees. Of Nadella’s 18,000 job cuts, “Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs,” he said.

Nadella said Microsoft plans to add new “roles in certain other strategic areas,” but he made no promises in regard to the number of jobs Microsoft will create.

Hidden at the end of Nadella’s announcement, the CEO also revealed that Microsoft plans to kill off Nokia’s experimental “Nokia X” Android project.

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15 comments
Tomas Rudokas
Tomas Rudokas

MS did windows and office. Everything else was wrong...

Satheesh Kumar
Satheesh Kumar

Missing the android bus has hurt Nokia big time. The whole Microsoft takeover was never going to work. Windows phone still doesn't have that place that it is aspiring to reach.

Jesse Garboden
Jesse Garboden

It proves as companies get bigger there is less productivity!

Hugh Sheehy
Hugh Sheehy

Investors will be lining up to support those guys. Badly led for years, but still excellent teams.

George Davies
George Davies

Wow what a load of crap! My dad works at Nokia/Microsoft and they said that layoffs would be minimal, so this is a huge and sickening surprise. And scrapping the Nokia X project. Awful!

Robert Huntz
Robert Huntz

They should form a new company called Yeskia and challenge Microsoft to a for-keeps softball game. And the lead character will finally win over their highschool crush.

Josue Gio
Josue Gio

Well, maybe all of them need to go to México... Here there are a lot of work for them. :)

Jason Chang
Jason Chang

Writing was on the wall with the acquisition.

Art Vuilleumier
Art Vuilleumier

nice ..... :( as if we needed even more folks out of work !

Antonio Santos
Antonio Santos

From my experience dealing both... I always found Nokia employees better prepared.