Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 15:37 UTC
Microsoft After much, much, much speculation, Microsoft let the cat out of the bag today: due to weak results, Microsoft is going to cut 5000 jobs. Those 5000 jobs will disappear over the course of 18 months, with 1400 jobs being cut immediately. Quarterly results, as well as the cost-cutting measures, were made known in a press release today.
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It's $16.63 billion total revenue for the latest quarter. The net profit is $4.17 billion, which gives a still-impressive net profit margin of 25% (down from 29% for the previous quarter).

To give an idea of how Microsoft's net profit margin of 29% compares elsewhere in the computer industry last quarter (figures are from Google):

Dell: 4.8%
Apple: 14.4%
HP: 6.3%
IBM: 11.2%

Even though everyone is feeling the pinch of the global economy, the sky is hardly falling for Microsoft, and a layoff at this point just doesn't seem justified.

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