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Microsoft has laid off around 1,000 employees worldwide to focus on priority projects

Microsoft has just discretely dismissed almost 1,000 employees around the world. All departments in the company are affected, while some veterans from the company have also lost their jobs. The Redmond company justified itself by inducing a new prioritization of its projects.

A few months after Elon Musk’s shock announcement that he plans to lay off 10,000 Tesla employees, it’s Microsoft’s turn to sort out its teams. The Redmond company had already set the tone last July and announced that they would share with 1% of its 180,000 employees in anticipation of the coming recession. According to a Business Insider report, the layoffs have started to rain down. This week alone, it’s just below 1000 people who lost their jobs at Microsoft.

With reference to the various publications on the social networks of those concerned, we note that these dismissals are distributed in several departments of the company, from the games division to the Strategic Missions and Technologies department, responsible for developing tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies. In the same way, Hierarchy doesn’t seem to matter in the process. KC Lemson, Chief Product Officer of the Chief Technology Officer and longtime Microsoft employee, announced his firing on Monday, October 17.

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Microsoft, for its part, is creating a need set new priorities in its projects, as explained in an email from Zach Kramer, head of the Mission Engineering team, sent to employees to announce “removal of priority for work already in progress”. “It’s hard to do” ensures the latter. “There are many ideas that could potentially have an impact, and each of us has worked very hard. ยป

Zach Kramer also emphasizes that it is necessary to compromise in the face of dwindling resources and lack of time to devote to all the projects. “Like all companies, we continuously assess our priorities and make structural adjustments accordingly”said a Microsoft spokesperson. “We will continue to invest in our business and hire in key growth areas in the coming year.”

Source: Business Insider

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