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Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs this year as it chops Nokia
MSN ^ | 7/17/2014 | Bill Rigby

Posted on 07/17/2014 8:35:02 AM PDT by Scutter

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year as it almost halves the size of its newly acquired Nokia phone business and tries to transform into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.

The larger-than-expected cuts, announced on Thursday, are the deepest in the company's 39-year history and come five months into the tenure of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. He outlined plans for a "leaner" business in a public memo to employees last week.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 5ththread; economy; layoffs; microsoft; stock

1 posted on 07/17/2014 8:35:02 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

Obviously Bush’s fault.


2 posted on 07/17/2014 8:38:44 AM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: Scutter

But Billy Gates says we need these illegals and amnesty because tech companies need the labor. I guess the memo din’t make it to the new CEO’s desk.


3 posted on 07/17/2014 8:43:58 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Scutter

So they either bought a competitor to destroy it, or they’re going broke from 0’s Hope&Change economy.


4 posted on 07/17/2014 8:47:56 AM PDT by wdk535
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To: Organic Panic

Most of the cuts will be in Nokia, and a lot of those in Finland, it seems. Memo to employees says most people will know if they got cut within 6 months...

Also interesting is the news that they are migrating Nokias Android phones to Windows Phone. I thought there was just recently an announcement about keeping Android but making the phone use Microsoft services on the back end...


5 posted on 07/17/2014 8:48:15 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: wdk535

I don’t see this as a bad sign for Microsoft. Rather, this is “trimming the fat” move from the new CEO. I think everyone knew it was coming, although the cut is about twice as big as many were expecting.


6 posted on 07/17/2014 8:49:48 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

So they either bought a competitor to destroy it, or they’re going broke from 0’s Hope&Change economy.


7 posted on 07/17/2014 8:52:09 AM PDT by wdk535
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To: Scutter

At least they’re not being told they’re losing their jobs while being shot at.


8 posted on 07/17/2014 8:59:28 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: Scutter

I love my Nokia Windows phone. Hope they keep coming, anyway :-)


9 posted on 07/17/2014 9:01:02 AM PDT by cartan
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Hi Cartan

I love my Nokia 920 too. I don’t see any signs of that going away. If you’re not already running the 8.1 preview release, you’ve got something really nice to look forward to.


10 posted on 07/17/2014 9:06:57 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

When we said Windows 8 was a pile of sh!t. You should have listened.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 9:09:17 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Scutter

I’m surprised Microsoft is still viable. They reached their peak years ago. Each new Office and Windows version gets worse and worse, making some features harder to find.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 9:13:41 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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“a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.”

Yeah, good luck with that. Zune, Bing, Hotmail, Windows Phone...I can’t think of many Microsoft catch-up products that have been able to achieve much of anything other than the XBox, and if I remember correctly, that division is still struggling to make profit.

What worries me, as an IT professional, is how companies like Microsoft are following this mobile-centric, cloud-centric direction: by dumbing down technology. Many people today have no idea how to use computers. They only know dependency.

I’ve lost track of how many people think that teens or twentysomethings are technological prodigies because they know how to use Facebook and Gmail. Try asking one of them to troubleshoot a wireless connection or swap out a motherboard and watch the blank stares.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 9:17:04 AM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: aimhigh
I’m surprised Microsoft is still viable. They reached their peak years ago. Each new Office and Windows version gets worse and worse, making some features harder to find.

I could retire from the proceeds of selling "the last nail in Microsoft's coffin" for scrap.

14 posted on 07/17/2014 9:17:19 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Scutter

MS squandered billions buying Nokia which is headed downward due to South Korean/Taiwanese competition on cell phones/smart phone

I knew it was a foolish deal!


15 posted on 07/17/2014 9:20:03 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Cato in PA

I see a lot of the blank stares and total dependence on fix it types like me. A lot can’t reason some of the most basic functions. Some do well to remember their username.

There was one person, an engineer, that couldn’t go 2 or 3 times a day without calling for a reset. I would run reset, go to the person’s office, walk it through, watch it written down, put in a drawer, and totally forgotten.


16 posted on 07/17/2014 9:43:13 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: Scutter

That’s a lot. It’s going to have an adverse affect on our neighborhood. I feel sorry for some of the neighbor’s if they get laid off. They live in million dollar homes, how will they be able to make the mortgage payments?


17 posted on 07/17/2014 9:56:02 AM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: Cato in PA
> What worries me, as an IT professional, is how companies like Microsoft are following this mobile-centric, cloud-centric direction: by dumbing down technology

Look at the bright side, there will always be plenty of work for those of us who know what they are doing :).

18 posted on 07/17/2014 10:29:10 AM PDT by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: Cato in PA

Computers? Well there’s that along with the flush toilet which still gives most people problems. If you don’t believe me just ask anyone who takes care of a public terlet?


19 posted on 07/17/2014 11:23:27 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: tacticalogic
I could retire from the proceeds of selling "the last nail in Microsoft's coffin" for scrap.

That is true.

20 posted on 07/17/2014 11:27:19 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: cartan

Our employees have them too, looks good and they are not tied to contracts. The apps suck but they’re biggest edge is for the anti Apple and Droid crowd.


21 posted on 07/17/2014 7:47:39 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: cartan

-— I love my Nokia Windows phone. Hope they keep coming, anyway :-) -—

Me too. I’ve tried Apple, Android and Windows. I like Windows the best and Android the least, although they’re all good.

Its interface is the most readable, and it’s the best for one handed operation. Doesn’t have many apps, bit I only use a handful anyway. I use my phone mainly for business.

Plus, it was so much less expensive. $100 with a $30/month T-Mobile plan.


22 posted on 07/17/2014 7:56:34 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Scutter

Still waiting to see the mythical open source Exchange killer.


23 posted on 07/17/2014 7:58:52 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Scutter

I don’t know about this phone stuff, but I can tell you, IE 10 blew up a lot of websites.


25 posted on 07/17/2014 10:14:17 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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They will be begging for more H1B’s at the same time.


26 posted on 07/18/2014 5:41:02 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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Bill Gates is working to institute Common Core standards because he doesn’t want new Microsoft employees, he wants new tech support customers. Bill Gates is trying to create a Cargo Cult of idiots worshipping at the altar of Microsoft tech support.


27 posted on 07/18/2014 9:51:00 AM PDT by Objective Scrutator (All liberals are criminals, and all criminals are liberals)
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To: Cato in PA

I could pick five random people off the street who could have designed a better marketing campaign for the Xbox One than the idiots Microsoft hired to run it.


28 posted on 07/18/2014 9:59:31 AM PDT by Objective Scrutator (All liberals are criminals, and all criminals are liberals)
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lol

Come to think of it, 4 out of 5 people could have done better.


29 posted on 07/18/2014 10:07:25 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Objective Scrutator

Well, it couldn’t possibly be worse than everything that happened with the Wii U.


30 posted on 07/18/2014 4:56:49 PM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: redgolum
They will be begging for more H1B’s at the same time.
They already are
31 posted on 07/18/2014 4:57:36 PM PDT by Scutter
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Your; "I’ve lost track of how many people think that teens or twentysomethings are technological prodigies..."

Hear, hear!

They have no problem-solving skills because they cannot reason. And that also means they are very difficult to teach and incapable of learning on their own.

But their self esteem is enormous!

32 posted on 07/19/2014 3:53:38 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Cato in PA
Haha, true. To be fair, the Wii U was doomed regardless of how good the marketing for it would be (and the marketing was terrible), as Nintendo's strategy with the original Wii was remarkably short-sighted. They neglected hardware improvements, gameplay innovations beyond the motion control, and third-party support (all which anger the dedicated buyers) in favor of drawing large numbers of first-time buyers. Those buyers were non-committal and never purchased much beyond the bundled-in Wii Sports.

The Wii U hasn't completely neglected hardware improvement and seems to be doing slightly better on third-party support, but they have a long way to go if they want to restore their hardcore fanbase. The Wii U's gimmick is also unappealing to casual players, as the Gamepad doesn't really give people an entirely new perspective on playing games in an era which is dominated by tablets.

The Xbox One would have done fine if they didn't focus on TV or Kinect in their presentations, and didn't strike a deal with the perverts in the NSA. The NSA decision was so spectacularly bad that I wonder if the Dementocrats threatened them for initially refusing to comply. Then again, Bill Gates has become rather foolish since the Communist 2001 anti-trust settlement, although it's hard to tell whether he has become foolish out of hatred or out of fear. Supporting Communist Core and posting garbage like this makes me believe the former, however.

33 posted on 07/19/2014 7:33:53 PM PDT by Objective Scrutator (All liberals are criminals, and all criminals are liberals)
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Microsoft tech support

Now there's a joke in itself!

Had two minor problems with Win 8.1 on a new laptop, called Microsoft tech support, got into an argument with both techs I spoke with, after an hour or so hung up on both, solved the problems myself after a couple of days.
They will, under no circumstance, admit that the problem was with Win 8.1, even after I proved it.

Arrogant bastards.

Still think Win 8.1 is good and very fast, but the Microsoft folk ain't helping their cause.

34 posted on 07/19/2014 7:50:29 PM PDT by The Cajun (Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert....Nuff said.)
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To: Scutter

I guess they can’t be embarrassed.


35 posted on 07/19/2014 8:01:19 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Scutter
I really wanted an 8.1 phone, too. I just renewed my contract, and will get a new 930. Can’t wait for the packet to arrive :-)
36 posted on 07/25/2014 3:03:51 PM PDT by cartan
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