Microsoft to fire thousands of staff

Microsoft to fire thousands of staff

Microsoft to fire thousands of staff

Since then, Althoff has said it is his plan to make Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing service a focal point of the company's sales strategy.

Microsoft is planning to lay off thousands of workers worldwide to restructure its sales workforce, according to TechCrunch. Microsoft more than 121,000 employees at the end of March, the last time the company disclosed its head count.

The reorganisation is expected to refine the sales roles, whilst also boosting the sales group's focus on delivering cloud computing services at a wide scale.

The reshuffle could possibly be due to the captaincy changing hands a year ago. Bloomberg, meanwhile, says the job cuts will affect the Worldwide Commercial Business led by Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois, who took over Microsoft's sales and marketing group after veteran COO Kevin Turner left past year.

Last week, reports noted that Microsoft would confirm its new plans this Wednesday. Microsoft, however, did not comment on the reports.

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This is definitely not the first time that Microsoft is laying off its employees. It would be the most significant redundancies in the company's sales force in years, according to Bloomberg.

With the reorg the enterprise sales teams will focus on selling Microsoft software and services to six industries -education, government, retail, health, manufacturing, and financial services.

The restructuring is scheduled to be announced as soon as next week and will impact the Worldwide Commercial Business under Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois' global sales and marketing group, report said.

Microsoft said its Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased seven percent.

Microsoft's cloud platform, called Azure, faces competition from technology powerhouses Amazon and Google. Microsoft announced a previous round of almost 3,000 job cuts last July to reflect its changing business focus.

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