Microsoft Cuts 2,100 Workers as Part of RestructuringDina Bass
Microsoft Corp. is firing 2,100 workers today, part of a plan announced in July to eliminate 18,000 jobs to streamline the workforce and integrate the acquisition of Nokia Oyj’s handset unit.
The job reductions will take place across the company in various divisions, said Peter Wootton, a spokesman for Microsoft. In the Puget Sound region, where Microsoft is based, 747 people are being cut.
Nadella has been aggressive in making changes since he became CEO in February, replacing Steve Ballmer. He has shuffled management, emphasized making Microsoft’s software available for all types of devices, and announced the job cuts. Earlier this week, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said it would buy Mojang AB, maker of the Minecraft video game, for $2.5 billion in Nadella’s first deal as CEO.
Microsoft shares were little changed at $46.55 at 12:34 p.m. in New York. The stock has gained 24 percent this year.