Microsoft set to slash thousands of sales jobs in massive reorganisation

Microsoft Corporation

Around 3,000 jobs will be cut and the sales force restructured to focus on selling its cloud-based business product, Microsoft Azure.

Update: Microsoft is said to be laying off up 3,000 sales employees with a majority of the positions coming from worldwide offices according to CNBC. "This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others", the company said in a statement.

Azure recorded a 93 percent jump in sales last quarter, making it a bright spot for the company as it branches out from its legacy software roots. Microsoft said a significant majority of jobs expected to be eliminated are outside the U.S.

The changes, the spokesperson said, are being implemented to better serve customers and partners. Microsoft declined to disclose how many employees are being let go.

Microsoft's fiscal year ended on June 30, and big changes and layoff announcements have traditionally come around this time, tied to the company's move into a new fiscal year, which started on July 1. Its main rival for cloud dominance is Amazon - which is the market leader with its Amazon Web Services - but Microsoft's strong growth has cheered investors and impressed analysts.

Chief executive Satya Nadella has sought to reduce the tech giant's focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services.

Microsoft today announced that it will layoff about 3,000 employees, mostly from its sales force, and mostly outside of the United States.

Sales and marketing jobs in the future will often require more technical and industry-specific knowledge than before, Mr. Shaw said. And businesses require specialized cloud software, tailored for their industry.

Chief executive Satya Nadella has been focusing on the firm's cloud unit, which has been a source of strength for the Microsoft.

Microsoft now has 1,200 full-time employees and 700 full-time contractors in Ireland.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tesla , Inc. (TSLA) Harassment Case is Back to Haunt the Company
Jul 07, 2017 - 00:42
Another major recall was related to parking brake, which caused TSLA to check 53,000 Model S and Model X cars earlier this year. Musk's tweet happily said: " Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sphinx Mystery: Why Did Egypt Block UN Sanctions Against Daesh's Saudi Branch?
Jul 07, 2017 - 00:27
State-run Qatar Petroleum has said it plans to increase natural gas production by 30 percent over the next several years. Yet, the Saudi-led coalition has decided not to introduce further sanctions against Qatar for the time being.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Blizzard Teases Doomfist's Overwatch Debut
Jul 06, 2017 - 00:32
Anyone who has seen the carnage in the airport of the Numbani map can attest to the destruction he will bring to game. Using this schedule, we can, therefore, speculate on Doomfist's reveal, PTR debut, and arrival on live servers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top White House pays women 80 cents for every dollar paid to men
Jul 06, 2017 - 00:32
As with many topics, the White House has given mixed messages on its dedication to ensuring equal pay between the sexes. Even still, the average salary for men working in the White House is $104,000 annually, while it's $83,000 for women.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jean-Claude Juncker criticises 'ridiculous' European Parliament
Jul 05, 2017 - 00:25
The session was focused on the Maltese presidency of the European Union during the first half of 2017 was, with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in attendance.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mark Cavendish in hospital after horror Tour de France crash
Jul 05, 2017 - 00:22
Cavendish's was the second of two crashes in the final kilometre as riders jostled for position to contest the sprint finish. And here's a few more looks, just in case you're wondering if that elbow is intentional or not.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top State elections commission: Feds must pay for voter info
Jul 04, 2017 - 00:48
But even Wolf noted that, like any other citizen, the commission can purchase a public voter file from Pennsylvania. Frosh said in a letter to Congress this year that voter fraud is not a significant problem in Maryland.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran signs multi-billion-dollar gas deal with French energy giant Total
Jul 04, 2017 - 00:48
The offshore South Pars gas field is Iran's section of the world's largest gas deposit, which it shares with Qatar. The deal is the first major energy deal to be sealed by Tehran since the lifting of USA sanctions in 2015.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Scattered showers and thunderstorms into tonight
Jul 02, 2017 - 01:29
The first line of showers and storms (associated with a trough of Low pressure) are moving through the Mid-South this afternoon. A trailing disturbance could bring a few more showers or brief rumbles on Monday , but most of the day looks dry.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Have Legally Ended Their Lives Under California's New Right-To-Die Law, Report Says
Jul 01, 2017 - 00:18
In the first six months of California's right-to-die law, 111 people took their own lives, according to a report released Tuesday. The patient must verbally ask for the lethal prescription to a doctor twice and with at least 15 days between each request.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Machine learning enters Tour de France
Jul 01, 2017 - 00:17
At the end of each Tour de France , the most combative cyclist of the whole race is given the "super-combativity" award. They are seen as part of Tour de France history and it's a goal for me to try and be up there with them.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top House votes to strengthen illegal immigration laws
Jul 01, 2017 - 00:13
The House also voted, 257-167, in favor of legislation increasing penalties for those who re-enter the US after being deported. Kathryn Steinle was shot dead at San Francisco's Pier 14 while out for an evening stroll with her father along the waterfront.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Blue Apron Slashes IPO Price As Big Investors Avoid A Sour Bite
Jun 30, 2017 - 00:44
As to when (and at what exact price) Main Street buyers will be able to take a bite out of the company, that remains to be seen. Blue Apron sends boxes of pre-portioned ingredients and instructions for customers to cook meals at home.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top FBI Agent Indicted In Fatal Shooting Of Rancher During Oregon Standoff
Jun 30, 2017 - 00:43
Astarita faces three counts of making false statements on the day of the shooting and the day afterwards. Finicum is seen getting out of the truck and walking through the snow with his hands up in surrender.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ISIS Resistance 'Steadily' Increases as SDF Push Farther Into Raqqa
Jun 30, 2017 - 00:40
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the initial toll at 30 dead. Someone off camera said the bullet nearly killed her.