Microsoft to fire thousands of staff

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella exits the stage after speaking at a 2014 news briefing on cloud computing. The expected reorganization which could be announced as soon as next week comes as Microsoft retools its sales teams to emphasize its cloud-computing

It laid off 7,800 employees back in 2015, made another 1,850 job cuts past year, and two months later it announced an additional 2,850 job cuts, at least 900 of which were from its sales department. Inside sources said "smaller personnel changes" may impact other sections of the company.

The exact number of layoffs is unclear, though they will hit staff in offices around the world, this person said.

The sirens have been blaring and the warning lights spinning for a little over a week after information leaked about Microsoft's plans to have a massive sales force layoff in the hopes of reshaping the company's future, once again. More specifically, the company reportedly plans to improve how it sells its cloud services and software worldwide.

The change in thought process was evident from the fact that Microsoft hired more than 1,000 sales people with specialties in "cloud solutions", per The Seattle Times, which had quoted Althoff.

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It said the reorganisation would involve a shift from selling software for use on desktops and servers towards selling cloud services hosted on Microsoft's datacentres.

Microsoft is to shed light on its workforce trimming and sales restructuring in the coming week, but has thus far yet to release any official statements or comments.

"This news surrounding Microsoft's major reorganization of its sales team, to expand its cloud based offering should come as no surprise".

"Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners", a Microsoft spokeswoman told Reuters.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (pictured above) announced the company's adoption of a mobile-first, cloud-first direction in March 2014, shortly after he joined the company in that position.

Microsoft is amid a pretty innovative time, with it developing its own silicon for the latest Surface Pro devices thanks to clever partnerships and acquisitions.

Additionally, Microsoft believes it has too many sales teams and people involved in selling Azure, the company's competitor to Amazon Web Services.

The announcement is likely to be made sometime this week, according to Bloomberg.

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