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Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs in major Windows Phone cull

Microsoft is getting ready for a new set of job cuts, the media reported on Wednesday.

The latest job cuts follow up on the 18,000 jobs that Microsoft planned to cut last year, Reuters reported, citing The New York Times.

Most of the job cuts should happen in the hardware section, including the smartphone business that Microsoft acquired from Nokia last year, the newspaper said.

The company was unavailable for further comment at this time.

Last year, Microsoft started one of the biggest job cuts in tech history, as it started laying off 18,000 people, or 14 per cent of its entire workforce. The effort was done to turn Microsoft into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.

In June, Microsoft said Stephen Elop, the former top boss at phone-maker Nokia, and three other high-level executives were leaving the company.

The company is currently getting ready to launch its latest version of the Windows operating system. Windows 10, planned to be released on July 29, is the first OS designed to run across PCs, tablets and phones. The company said the OS will be more of a service, and less of a product. It represents a powerful step forward for the company, with a fresh internet browser called Edge, the digital assistant Cortana, and the redesigned Start menu.

In some instances, the Windows 10 OS will be a free upgrade for those in possession of Windows 7 or Windows 8.

UPDATE: Microsoft has announced that it will be cutting 7,800 jobs, the majority of which will be from its Windows Phone business.

The cuts are planned to be mostly completed by the end of 2015 and completely by June 2016.

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.