After first acquiring Nokia, Microsoft cut 18,000 staff positions last July. Today, almost a year to the day, Microsoft has announced another 7,800 jobs will be cut. Microsoft will also write down the value of the Nokia deal by $7.6 billion dollars.
In a statement, Microsoft said it would “restructure the company’s phone hardware business to better focus and align resources.”
The company faces stiff competition from Apple, it’s iOS, Google’s Android system and whatever BlackBerry throws it’s way, which I’m sure we’ll find out soon!
In a memo to the staff, the company’s chief executive said, “I am committed to our first-party devices including phones. However, we need to focus our phone efforts in the near term, while driving reinvention. We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a cibrant windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family.:
Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 later this month, which can not only power PC’s but also a range of mobile devices.
Microsoft says it will now change the priority of creating an “ecosystem” which will see Windows phones built by other manufacturers alongside it’s own handsets.
There was a rumor, that Windows phones would be running Android, wonder if that materializes?!