Microsoft looking to reorganise its salesforce with thousands of layoffs

Microsoft looking to reorganise its salesforce with thousands of layoffs

"Given the Windows 10 Creators Update provides the latest security protections to help keep you safe, we want to help update your device as soon as possible", Cable said.

As TechCrunch reports, Microsoft could announce the layoffs this week.

This picture taken on on May 25, 2016 shows Microsoft's Finnish headquarters in Espoo.

Microsoft is undergoing a reorganisation that will impact its sales and marketing teams and may result in a large number of layoffs, said media reports.

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According to an internal memo sent to employees on Monday 3 July, Microsoft's commercial sales teams will now be split up to target two distinct segmenets, one targeting "enterprise and small" businesses and the other for "medium and coroporate" entities. The source added an announcement would be forthcoming this week. More specifically, the company reportedly plans to improve how it sells its cloud services and software worldwide.

So, if history repeats itself, the time looks apt for the company to sack its employees as, in the recent years, Microsoft has been consistent in laying off a huge chunk of its employees during this time of the year. Microsoft's 2017 third quarter results, released in April, stressed the importance of its cloud platforms and disclosed revenue growth of 93% year-on-year for Azure.

"Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners", the company said in a statement on the rumors. After COO Kevin Turner departed, Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois were appointed heads of global sales and marketing departments. Instead, it's another step towards the new business model Microsoft has been pursuing under CEO Satya Nadella.

Combined with the company's strength in software as a service, platform as a service and infrastructure as a service, the analyst believes Microsoft could realize the biggest benefit among its competitors in a cloud market he believes could explode to nearly $240 billion in the next of five years. The Wall Street Journal suggested redundancies could occur further down the line, after Microsoft has settled into the new structure.

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