Microsoft Announces Layoffs

Feb 1, 2012

SEATTLE - About 200 employees of Redmond-based Microsoft will be getting pink slips today. That’s according to a source close to the company. The layoffs will affect the 6,000 or so people involved in marketing at the software giant.

The job cuts are part of a company-wide restructuring of Microsoft’s marketing operations. The company issued a statement saying the move will improve the “effectiveness and efficiency” of its marketing efforts. The Seattle Times reports the layoffs will affect a broad range of business groups, including Windows Office, Server & Tools, Online Services and Windows Phone.

Still, the job cuts represent a tiny percentage of Microsoft’s worldwide workforce of more than 92,000 people. More than 40,000 people work for Microsoft in the Puget Sound region.

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