In May, Microsoft announced plans to lay off 1,850 members of its staff as it cut costs measures and trimmed its smartphone hardware business. It recently announced plans to lay off far more employees in a regulatory filing spotted by Ars Technica.
“In addition to the elimination of 1,850 positions that were announced in May 2016, approximately 2,850 roles globally will be reduced during the year as an extension of the earlier plan, and these actions are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017,” Microsoft said in its filing, noting that it does not expect to incur additional restructuring charges on top of the $501 million it noted during fiscal 2016. Employee severance packages are included in those charges.
The “earlier plan” Microsoft is referencing is the original plan to eliminate 7,400 positions across its business. That was initially agreed upon in June 2015.
Microsoft declined to expand on the regulatory filing when asked for comment by Ars Technica. It remains unclear where the new cuts will take place, if indeed they affect folks outside of the sales and mobile hardware divisions, where the company previously said a bulk of the cuts will occur.