Rumour Mill : Microsoft Laying Off 15,000 Employees

With the global economy going tailspin, rumour mills are buzzing hard that Microsoft is also planning to issue pink slips to some of its employees on around 15th of January, a week before it will announce its earning reports for the second quarter for this fiscal year.

Rumours from one of the blogs Fudzilla, have suggested that the software behemoth plans to lay off a whopping 15,000 of its total 90,000 workforce, which comes around 17 percent of its total staff strength.

However, the blog hasn’t notified the departments that will suffer the most, but it asserted that the company would cut majority of its staff from Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

In addition, another website, Mini-Microsoft, has enlisted a number of off the record comments, quotes, and other inside information that point out about the massive job cuts in Microsoft.

One of the spokesperson from Microsoft responded to the rumours by saying, “Regarding any potential layoffs, Microsoft does not comment on rumours or speculation”.

Both websites purported that Microsoft has warned its staff about the upcoming date; however, this would remain in rumour box until the software company proclaims any such reports.

Recession is hitting the industry hard, and with the reports of massive job cuts from Microsoft, which has high profit-margin, the situation seems to be getting even worse.

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Our Comments

The fact that Microsoft is planning to lay off staff coupled with the numbers being talked about means that this is not just any layoff. If Microsoft is feeling the pinch, then like Detroit's car manufacturers, others along the line are going to catch a cold. Expect Value Added Resellers amongst others to be affected.

Related links

Microsoft getting ready to lay off 17% of staff

(Fudzilla)

Rumor: Microsoft to lay off 17% of staff on January 15, 2009

(Ars Technica)

Microsoft planning big layoffs for January?

(CNet)

Is Microsoft Planning Its First-Ever Layoffs?

(Internet News)

Rumors suggest Microsoft layoffs next month

(Venture Beat)

Report: Microsoft To Lay Off 15,000 Workers

(Search Engine Land)

Microsoft Planning To Lay Off 17% of Staff

(Trusted Reviews)

Rumors growing stronger on Microsoft layoffs

(Blorge)

More speculation on Microsoft layoffs, contractor cuts

(The Seattle Times)

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