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Queen's University expert comments on Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs this year


Queen’s University technology expert Neil Bearse is available to comment on Microsoft slashing 14 per cent of its workforce.

The cuts are larger than were anticipated and are the biggest in the company’s history.

“CEO Satya Nadella is painting a picture of what the new Microsoft will look like. This round of layoffs sheds excess hierarchy and headcount, accumulated through the desktop PC era and the recent Nokia acquisition,” says Mr. Bearse, Associate Director of Marketing at the Queen’s School of Business. “While a leaner and more focused Microsoft might cut costs and improve focus, they face an uphill battle in the enterprise, thanks to the recent Apple-IBM partnership."

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