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Microsoft reportedly cuts dozens of jobs from mobile division

by Killian Bell | February 11, 2016February 11, 2016 4:13 am PDT

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Microsoft has reportedly cut dozens of jobs from its mobile division as part of a bigger mission to shed 7,800 people from its workforce. The cuts have affected employees in Finland, and most are thought to be involved in marketing.

News of the move comes from Finnish newspaper Helsigin Sanomat, but Microsoft did announce last July that it planned to eliminate 2,300 jobs in Finland from a total 3,200 in an effort to cut costs and save its struggling mobile division.

Microsoft will actually cut 7,800 jobs in total, it announced, and the vast majority of them will be related to its smartphone business, which was purchased from Nokia in April 2014 for $7.2 billion. Microsoft confirmed to ZDNet that the latest cuts are part of the original plan.

“The job reductions were spread across more than one business area and country and reflect adaptations to business needs,” reads the company’s statement. “We go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals.”

Microsoft sold just 4.5 million Lumia smartphones last quarter, despite the launch of the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL powered by Windows 10. In comparison, Apple sold 74.8 million iPhones.

Helsigin Sanomat ZDNet

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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