Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jul 2014 13:17 UTC

As expected, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has just announced an absolutely massive amount of layoffs.

With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers.

It's clear where the focus of the layoffs lies: Nokia Devices and Services. When Lumia sales couldn't keep up with the rest of the market or Nokia's collapsing Symbian sales, people stated "Nokia is fine!". When Microsoft had to bail out Nokia's devices division to make sure it wouldn't die or be sold off to a competitor, these same people maintained that "Nokia is fine!". Now that Microsoft will layoff half of the Nokia staff it acquired, I'm sure people will still maintain that "Nokia is just fine!".

Sarcasm aside, the fact that 66% of the layoffs will consist of former Nokia staff further confirms what I have been saying all along: Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices division to make sure that Nokia wouldn't go Android (Nokia X!), that Nokia wouldn't sell its troublesome devices division to a competitor, or, worse yet, that Nokia would eventually be forced to shut it down altogether. In short, Microsoft acquired Nokia's devices division to save Windows Phone. The evidence is out there for all to see, and denying this at this point borders on the pathetic.

Anywho, this is terrible news for all the people involved, but with this industry doing relatively well, I hope they will be able to find new jobs easily. There are quite a number of companies who would love to get their hands on Nokia talent, so let's all wish them the best of luck in the weeks and months ahead.

Not unsurprisingly, Nadella specifically announced the end of the Nokia X Android endeavour.

In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.

Microsoft plans to continue selling and supporting existing Nokia X products, so if you've bought one you'll at least continue to get support. If you were thinking about buying one - I really, really wouldn't.

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RE[4]: Other Divisions
by ilovebeer on Fri 18th Jul 2014 04:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Other Divisions"
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Correct- it makes no sense to double down on Kinect when the market has rejected it, so I wouldn't be surprised to hear a chunk of layoffs affected people who would have been adding Kinect features going forward. I'm sure it won't be abandoned completely, but should get a funding cut.

You're not going to hear news of big Kinect-related layoffs because the group that deals with Kinect isn't that big to begin with.

Possibly the other commenter was confused by my talk about XBox designers - I meant they needed engineers to build the console, but presumably some of those people are not needed now since there will be no major hardware changes in the foreseeable future.

Hardware improvements & revisions are common-place, Microsoft develops long-term, and any engineers who might not be needed on the Xbox team anymore would just be moved to another group. Microsoft has tons of stuff in the works - some leaks, some doesn't. And then there's always the groups who develop military technology/applications. In other words, there's no shortage of places & projects for a good engineer to be assigned to at Microsoft.

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