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[5]: The real MS fear
by ilovebeer on Tue 22nd Jul 2014 05:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The real MS fear"
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And that was a year ago. Today Android has over 80% and still raising while the PC market is still in decline and mobile devices accelerate up to the point even Microsoft says now: "mobile first!"

Of course Microsoft wants in on the mobile market -- it's seeing tremendous growth right now and people are getting rich. They want a cut of that pie too.

HOWEVER, you simply can not escape the fact that hundreds of millions of desktops continue to sell each year. Yes, that's a decline but pretending like those kind of numbers don't mean anything is foolish. Posting numbers where all devices and platforms are lumped together simply as "computing" doesn't help you make any real point other than you thinking comparing apples to oranges to potatoes to whatever else is more relevant than actually comparing apples to apples. If you have to strip away all the important details to make your case, you have no case.

You didn't got the memo?

Nope, I didn't because in reality the desktop is FAR from dead. I also never got the memo that cellphones are a replacement for desktops because my needs extend beyond checking email and wasting time using social networking.

Here's a useful tip... The desktop will be dead when people stop making them, people stop buying them, and people stop using them. We're a long way from that day so don't hold your breath.

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