Microsoft cuts 2,100 more jobs

22/09/2014

Microsoft has axed a further 2,100 jobs as the software giant looks continues its plan to cut 18,000 jobs, representing 14% of its workforce.

Microsoft said 747 people are being made redundant in its Seattle operations , with the rest spread across the globe.

Microsoft had already cut 13,000 jobs, with the bulk at the Nokia phone division as the firm looks to streamline its mobile operations.

In July, chief executive Satya Nadella announced plans to move Microsoft away from software to online services, apps and devices.

Microsoft, which has about 127,000 people on its payroll, will take a charge of between $1.1bn (£672m) and $1.6bn for costs related to the cuts.

Microsoft said in a statement that the latest cuts "are spread across many different business units, and many different countries".

In an email to staff in July, Mr Nadella said that the "difficult but necessary" cuts are part of a plan to bring a new direction to the technology company.

"The first step to building the right organisation for our ambitions is to realign our workforce," he said.

Microsoft completed its takeover of Nokia's phone division in April in a move that strengthened its position in mobile devices. The cost was around $7.5bn.

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