July 18, 2014

Microsoft has cut almost 20,000 employees

The company calls the reduction part of the efforts to reform the structure of the company in order to improve business performance.


American Technology Corporation Microsoft to dismiss 18,000 workers, said in a statement posted on the official website of the company.

"Starting next year we will start reducing to 18,000 jobs for our common state," - said in a statement. Most of the cuts - more than 12,000 - will affect the unit for the production of smartphones represented Nokia Devices and Services, which Microsoft bought from Finnish Nokia.

As the BBC Broadcasting Corporation BBC, it will be the largest reduction in force for the entire 39-year history of the company.

Microsoft in April acquired Nokia's mobile division for 7.18 billion dollars, which included 1.65 billion euros for patents Nokia. Under the deal, Microsoft had to move more than 130 employees objects Nokia, located in 50 countries around the world (including several factories), engaged in the design, development, production, marketing activities and sales of smart devices, mobile phones and services. In total, the state increased by 25,000 - to 127,000 people.

The world's largest software maker - multinational company Microsoft - founded in 1975 by Bill Gates, who has consistently taken the lead lines in the ranking of the richest people in the world.

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