Microsoft announces biggest-ever job cut, to lay off up to 18,000.

Microsoft has announced its biggest job cutest ever, reducing the size of its overall work force by up to 18,000 jobs by 2015. Of the total layoffs, about 12,500 Nokia Devices and Services employees would be given pink slips. These employees would comprise of both professional and factory workers.

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In a letter to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella said the cuts are part of the company’s attempt to realign its workforce and move towards being a producer and platform company.

He said that the company is moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and that “the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated, will be notified over the next six months.”

Nadella assured that the layoffs will be carried out in a thoughtful and transparent way.

He also informed employees that Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition assistance in a large number of locations.

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