Nokia takes the brunt of Microsoft layoffs

By Jennifer Pilgrim,

Thursday marked a changing day in the world of technology. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that almost 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce will be laid off. Almost 18,000 employees will be let go through next July, including almost half of the Nokia workforce.

Microsoft claims the layoffs are being done in hopes of reshaping their culture in comparison to other industries, such as Google and Apple, reports Reuters.

Nokia makes up almost half of the 28,000 employees brought into Microsoft in April. Microsoft acquired Nokia for almost $7.3 billion in April, reports The Australian. It was part of their plan to be more competitive with other companies. Now, the focus has shifted into making Nokia phones run strictly on the Windows operating system.

Nadella released a statement on Thursday, saying that his focus for the company will shift from "devices and services" to a focus on the customer and business productivity.

"To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences,” he said.



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