Something like this was always on the cards, I guess. Back when the Nokia acquisition was completed, Microsoft welcome all Nokia employees that were spread over 130 sites in 50 countries worldwide.

Thing is, the software giant already had a force of 100,000 employees before the takeover, and Nokia added another 25,000 that are primarily focused on the mobile segment.

Redmond is now said to be reorganizing its departments to fill these position with employees coming from Nokia, but people close to the matter have hinted that cost and job cuts are only a matter of time, and cannot be avoided in the coming months.

Redundancy, of course, never helped anyone, and some tough decisions might be on the horizon.

Microsoft has not discussed such a cost cutting scenario in public. In fact, the technology titan did not even talk about potential layoffs at the time the Nokia acquisition was completed earlier this year.

But one can make a case that the company is clearly rethinking its strategy right now, and we may well find out if Microsoft turns to some drastic measures in the months to come, in order to reduce expenses because of this growing workforce.

Your take on this ladies and gentlemen?

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  1. Mike Greenway / July 3, 2014 at 9:25 am /Reply

    “…but people close to the matter have hinted…” and “But one can make a case that the company is clearly rethinking its strategy right now…” Nameless people hinting and cases that could be made.. I think we would need facts in order to form a cogent theory.

  2. Microsoft has probably needed to downsize for some time now

    • Agreed. Unfortunate for the people that lost their jobs, but good for Microsoft in the grand scheme of things. Downsizing was only a matter of time after the acquisition.

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