Axeman cometh: Microsoft lays off 27 staff
Washed up in Washington
Microsoft plans to axe 27 jobs at its Redmond and Bellevue sites.
The latest cull in Microsoft’s Washington offices is expected to hit workers on 1 November, according to the Seattle Times.
The software giant had notified the Washington State Employment Security Department about the job cuts.
"I can confirm that part of our effort to reduce costs and increase efficiencies involved 27 job eliminations here and in other regions across the country,” Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos told the newspaper.
“While job eliminations are always difficult, we are taking these necessary actions to realign our resources against our top priorities."
In January Microsoft announced plans to layoff 5,000 staff over the course of 18 months.
It’s understood that most of those staff cuts have now been completed. The firm currently has an employee headcount of around 92,000 people worldwide.
The Register asked Microsoft to provide comment on this story, but at time of publication it hadn’t got back to us. ®
They only speak in metaphors, similes and hyperbole while only using a thesaurus to make themselves feel superior and to dodge the question. It's easy to get around the question whenever the asker is confused without realising it.
I assume they are realigning the metaphorical bow and arrow and aiming at the imaginary apple being held in the transdimensional mouth of 27 employees. Either that of it's Balmer's researchers that old him the iPhone would be a "fail and you"
overpaid, clueless PR hacks
"...we are taking these necessary actions to realign our resources against our top priorities."
Do these Public Relations people have any idea how wording like this comes across as slick, evasive, and unsympathetic? Can they adduce a shred of evidence to demonstrate that such sterile wording, devoid of humanity, makes their company look better off, not worse off?
PS: When you realign something, you move it, or its parts; realigning is not about subtracting.
Call me when they lay off 27,000.
That is all.