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Microsoft Lays Off 3,000 Employees In Third Round Of Job Cuts

Some 3,000 more Microsoft employees have left the building today. Or rather, buildings. The company conducted its third round of job cuts as part of its reorganization process.

This has been confirmed by regular Microsoft watcher, Mary Jo Foley, and it appears that support staff is the one most impacted with this latest round of layoffs:

The software titan announced this past July that it would be cutting 18,000 employees from its workforce, in a move that will cost the company somewhere between $1.1 billion to $1.6 billon, once all the cuts are completed.

Obviously, the whole process started once Microsoft bought the devices and services arm of Nokia.

A total of 25,000 new employees arrive as part of this deal that was completed earlier this year. And given the overlap of roles, some redundancies were inevitable. However, the cuts are not just limited to Nokia, though.

While 12,500 of these job cuts came from inside Nokia, Microsoft took the opportunity to streamline its own operations with an additional 5,500 layoffs coming from the company’s internal divisions.

Including the Windows unit.

Never easy, these job cuts. And while thoughts fly out to those affected, Redmond has made it clear that they want to streamline operations while reducing overhead as much as possible.