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Microsoft to lay off thousands in sales reshuffle

07 July 2017, 12:44 | Virginia Benson

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"This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others." a Microsoft spokesperson said when speaking to CNBC.

Microsoft said Thursday it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs amid reports the U.S. tech giant was reorganizing its global sales operations. Cloud sales, by comparison, have almost doubled.

Microsoft's shares were down 0.7 percent at US$68.63 on Thursday.

"Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners", it said in a statement.

This downsizing will also include an "organisational merger" that reportedly involves Microsoft's enterprise customer unit and one or more of its SME-focused divisions.

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

The company has been beefing up its cloud software and services as it tries to unseat the sector's top provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Under Mr. Nadella, Microsoft has made that transition to cloud software delivery, and its personal computer software business is no longer considered an engine of growth.

Microsoft today announced it is dumping 3,000 workers. Rumors of these Microsoft jobs being at risk had been around for quite a while and Microsoft has finally confirmed them today. It allows companies to do everything from hosting websites and email to streaming favorite videos and delivering on-demand software.

Sales and marketing jobs in the future will often require more technical and industry-specific knowledge than before, Mr. Shaw said. Microsoft typically announces job cuts at the beginning of its fiscal year; its 2016 fiscal year ended on Friday.

Microsoft's change in strategy had a ripple effect on its sales, prompting a move from on-site support to telephone support, says long-time Microsoft analyst Jack Gold. Last July, Microsoft said it would cut 2850 positions.

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