Thousands of Microsoft Jobs Will Be Laid Off Soon, Company Confirms

Microsoft has notified some employees about the reductions, the source said.

"Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis", a Microsoft spokesperson told NBC News. This can result in increased investment in some areas and, from time to time, re-deployment in other areas.

The cuts to the sales force are meant to streamline Azure sales, in line with the simplified sales philosophy outlined in an internal Microsoft memo leaked to press earlier this week. The bulk of the cuts, specifically 75 percent, are to be made outside of the U.S.

Microsoft has 71,000 employees in the United States and 121,000 around the world.

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Microsoft has 71,000 employees in the U.S. and 121,000 employees around the globe. And businesses require specialized cloud software, tailored for their industry. CNBC reports that three-quarters of the lost jobs will be outside the US.

Microsoft has revealed plans to cut up to 3,000 jobs as part of a reorganization effort to focus more on the company's various cloud efforts.

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, speaks during a Microsoft launch event to introduce the new Microsoft Surface laptop and Windows 10 S operating system, May 2, 2017 in NY.

Microsoft is reportedly cutting up to 3,000 staff globally as it focuses on the competitive cloud computing sector. The company's cloud platform, named Azure, meanwhile, has taken the lead in terms of growth.

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However, Microsoft is still lagging a long way behind Amazon Web Services in the sector. The company plans to use employees who are more knowledgeable about specific products in order to better sell larger packages.

'You look at Microsoft, and you realize that certain things that worked in the past are not gong to be relevant in the future, ' Chowdhry said.

Microsoft completed its $26 billion acquisition of the professional social network LinkedIn late previous year as part of its new strategy.

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