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Microsoft Slashes 200 Marketing Jobs

Redmond based Windows maker Microsoft revealed that it had laid off some of its marketing staff last week on Wednesday. The move, according to the company, was primarily aimed at restructuring its operations.

Though the company did not disclose the exact figure, unnamed sources claimed that the company laid off a couple of hundred employees from its massive 92,000 strong workforce, reports CBS News.

Microsoft, in a statement, highlighted the company's ongoing efforts to ensure a better efficiency level as well as more effectiveness in its marketing operations. The OS giant said it was "taking steps to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our marketing and to strengthen the career paths for marketers at Microsoft", reports UPI.

"Some of these changes involved the reduction of a small percentage of marketing positions to better align our resources with our business needs and clarify roles across the marketing function," Microsoft said in the statement reports CBS.

As a matter of fact, last week, the company had posted a five per cent increase in its revenues in the financial report for Q4 2011. The rise in revenues was attributed by the company to an improved sales figure of Xbox games, servers, as well as Microsoft Office.