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[2]: Totally irrelevant
by ilovebeer on Sat 19th Jul 2014 17:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Totally irrelevant"
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MS doesn't give a shit about you when they can easily sell 25,000 Windows/Office licences with a five year support contract to a single large corporation.

I don't know where people get that idea from but it's ridiculous. While not the biggest piece of their pie, Microsoft makes a ton of money selling products and services to end-users. They have groups whose sole purpose is to evaluate the Windows desktop end-user experience and submit proposals on how to better improve and integrate. Why go to such lengths for users & revenue you think they don't care about? That would be a huge waste of resources & investment.

Those 25,000 Windows/Office licenses they sold to Company X... When the people who use those at work go home at the end of their work day and become end-users, what do you think they use? The vast majority use Windows. But who cares about them, they only matter when they're at work....right?

Let's not forget, Microsoft wants very badly to own your living room too. You know, the living room that belongs to all those insignificant hundreds of millions of end-users.

Edited 2014-07-19 17:19 UTC

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