Microsoft to lay off 6% of its workforce, scale back cellphone business
Microsoft maintains big ambitions for Office, Bing, Skype and its other apps, but it’s minimizing a once heady quest to get vast numbers of people to use the software on Windows smartphones.
The Redmond, Wash., technology giant announced Wednesday that it would fire up to 7,800 people in the coming months.
The bulk of the cuts will come from offices in Finland and Brazil, but include at least 129 people from a San Diego office that’s being closed, according to a person familiar with the plans. Among the San Diego layoffs coming by summer’s end are 28 senior software development engineers, 18 senior program managers and seven senior hardware engineers, Microsoft said in a state filing.1