Microsoft Sacks Nearly 2,000 Former Nokia Staff (And Who Saw That Coming?)

By Gary Cutlack on at

Microsoft has revealed its latest attempt to sort out the internal mess of its mobile phone ecosystem, an effort it calls a "streamlining of smartphone hardware business" -- the sacking loads of people it doesn't need any more now the Nokia dream has all gone to pieces.

Sadly for Nokia's historical ties with its home country, the majority of job losses are slated to hit within Finland. The company says that a staggering 1,350 jobs at Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland are to go thanks to the lopping off of redundant heads, along with another 500 related workers across the world.

In classic Microsoft style it's also announced a huge financial impairment alongside the job losses, with this one banking a offsettable loss of $950m; with a $200m chunk of that alone being used to pay off the sacked staff.

Company boss Satya Nadella typed out a few words while working his way through a stack of "Not Really All That Sorry You're Leaving" cards, saying: "We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation -- with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum capability, and consumers who value the same."  [Microsoft via The Verge]

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