Microsoft to sack 6,000 staff later today

Microsoft is set to announce over 6,000 job cuts later today as the electronics giant continues to trim its newly-acquired Nokia business. The job cuts are also a direct result of Microsoft’s ongoing plan to reshape itself as a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software business.

The cuts come five months into new Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella’s tenure at the business. Nadella has previously spoken of plans to create a “leaner” business in a public memo to employees this month.

Most of the cuts are expected to come from the Nokia business, which Microsoft acquired in April for USD 7.2 billion. When Microsoft struck the deal to buy the Finnish phone maker it said it plans to cut USD 600 million in costs within 18 months of closing the deal.

Its Xbox game and entertainment arm is also expected to suffer job losses.

The CEO’s decision to cut thousands of jobs is reportedly designed to help Microsoft make the transition from a software-focused company to one that sells online services, apps and devices. Last week Nadella called Microsoft “the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.”

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