Last year, Microsoft revealed their limited edition white Xbox One console, Kinect and controller. Those limited edition console was not for public sale and it was limited to Microsoft’s IEB employees. Microsoft was even auctioning one of those console for the good. Today, a French retailer Micromania listed white Xbox One on their website with the launch date in October. Microsoft could be launching this white Xbox One along with the exclusive game Sunset Overdrive. The listing was few hours back. If the listing happens to be true, you can expect Xbox One white to be released on October 28th with the pricing of €399.99. via: OXM ...

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As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced last month, thousands of former Nokia factory workers will be losing the job. Today, hundreds of Chinese employees from  Nokia factories protested against Microsoft’s decision on mass layoffs. The participated employees posted pictures showing their protest on social media networks as well. The protest took place at former Nokia Beijing research center and factory employing 2,400 people. Protesters held banners and shouted slogans against “Microsoft’s hostile takeover and violent layoffs” for five hours until “they had sore throats,” said the employee who participated in the demonstration and so declined to be identified. The protesters would convene on Friday afternoon to discuss demands they would present to the company, the employee said. Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft recently announced its plans to reduce 12,500 ex-Nokia employees as part of the reorganization announced by the new CEO Satya Nadella. This is a major blow for Finland as a country as thousands of people will go unemployed. Finland Labor and Finance ministers raised their concern about this layoffs announcement from Microsoft. Microsoft in response said, “As a responsible company, we strive to do our best to ensure that employees affected by the potential cuts are offered a variety of support measures and advice, including in finding new work.” Finland Labor minister said that Microsoft must fulfill the promise of building a data center in Finland as it announced in September last year. Finland Labor Minister Lauri Ihalainen said the following, “Microsoft’s intention to reduce jobs also in Finland is the bad news we feared,” Ihalainen said. “The least that can be now expected is that it creates a ...

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    Microsoft recently revealed their plans to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs by next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations. In addition to that, Microsoft is making some changes on policies related to US-based external staff (including Agency Temporaries, Vendors and Business Guests). As per the new policy, Microsoft’s external staff can only get access to Microsoft buildings and the Microsoft corporate network for a period of 18 months. After that, a 6 months break is required to get access again. Microsoft believes that this new policy will better protect their IP and confidential information. Thanks to GeekWire, we have the full memo Microsoft sent regarding this policy change. From: ...

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The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) act requires companies with 100 or more employees to notify affected workers 60 days prior to closures and layoffs. WARN data includes the name of the employer, business location, number of affected workers, type (layoff or closure) and effective date of layoff or closure. So, Microsoft has filed their listing with the detail that they are going to layoff 1351 employees with the process starting on September 15th. Microsoft Redmond 9/15/2014 1351 Layoff Permanent 7/17/2014 Microsoft today finally revealed their plans for their job cuts after Nokia acquisition. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 ...

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Microsoft today finally revealed their plans for their job cuts. Microsoft is planning to reduce the size of their overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. In this, Nokia Devices and Services related professional and factory workers are expected to account for about 12,500 jobs. Microsoft also revealed that they will be annoucing the first 13,000 positions in the next 6 months. Microsoft will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations. CEO Satya Nadella provided the following statement regarding this, Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment. First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. Recently, in the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, we reported that they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. Later, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, and they may announce it as soon as this week. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said. Bloomberg also speculated that some of the job cuts will be in marketing departments for businesses such as the global Xbox ...

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Microsoft yesterday highlighted yet another customer win for Office 365. Gamestop, which is a rapidly growing Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company with more than 6,000 stores has adopted Office 365 for communicating with their employees from thousands of stores. The GameStop retail portal is built on Microsoft SharePoint Online. GameStop plans to provide targeted views of the portal so that employees in different job roles can quickly see the information that specifically applies to them. GameStop adopted a retail portal that runs using Microsoft SharePoint Online in Microsoft Office 365. The company’s corporate employees use the portal to share daily updates with more than 6,000 retail stores, and its deskless store associates receive at-a-glance information through graphics and videos rather than waiting for their managers to wade through email to find the latest product information and share it with them. The company plans to adopt Microsoft Lync Online for ...

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In the email sent to all of Microsoft’s employees, CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the culture change needed to move effectively in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. He said, “Our ambitions are bold and so must be our desire to change and evolve our culture.” He promised in making Microsoft the best place for smart, curious, ambitious people to do their best work. And he also wants engineering teams to build the experiences our customers love. I’m looking to the sales and marketing organizations to showcase our unique value propositions and drive customer usage first and foremost. Finally, every team across Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently. We will increase the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes. Culture change means we will do things differently. Often people think that means everyone other than them. ...

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When Microsoft announced Nokia’s Devices and Services acquisition deal, approximately 32,000 people were transferred to Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in manufacturing, assembly and packaging of products worldwide. Microsoft’s head count increased by over 25% – 30% as part of this single deal. Whenever such large deals happen, layoffs will follow due to restructuring. During the announcement, Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft is planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn to have a unified brand and advertising strategy. Also, Finance, Legal, HR, Communications, DX / Evangelism, Customer Care and Business Development will integrate functionally at Microsoft and ICM / IT will also integrate functionally for traditional IT roles. Given overlap of lots of jobs, everyone is expecting Microsoft to announce the same. GigaOM recently reported that Microsoft is going to announce the layoffs soon. Look, [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer buys Nokia and adds 25,000 ...

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Microsoft today announced one of the largest Office 365 adoption customer story. Microsoft announced that Los Angeles County is moving more than 100,000 employees working in more than 30 departments to Microsoft Office 365 for Government. The county views Office 365 as a means to increase collaboration, provide a unified platform and help realize cost savings. With guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime, geo-redundancy, and built-in disaster recovery, Microsoft Office 365 for Government provides the robust security and reliability that all government bodies requires to help ensure the safe storage and availability of sensitive agency data, in compliance with ISO27001, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and other regulations. “The county is constantly looking at opportunities to manage cost and improve service,” said Richard Sanchez, chief information officer for Los Angeles County. “Office 365 enables us to best manage our licenses, provide greater services to all 30-plus departments and control cost. Each ...

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Microsoft yesterday launched a new site called Snaps where they will share their favorite photos from the world of Microsoft with the public. A few weeks ago, the Microsoft Stories team noticed something. With every amazing person we meet, and every epic moment we cover, our family photo album gets a little thicker. In fact, it’s pretty much bursting at the seams. So we’ve created a new place where we can share our favorite photos from the world of Microsoft with you. We’re calling it Snaps, and the photo above is just one of the images you’ll find there. Read below for the story behind it, then take a peek at the site to see more. Below is an example of kind of photos you can expect from the site, Xbox One designer Carl Ledbetter knows a thing or two about building from the ground up. More than a decade ago, ...

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Microsoft today revealed that its employees have raised a record $113 million for non-profits in 2013. This is a $8 million increase from their last year numbers. Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft said, “Amidst Microsoft’s transformation, the value of community involvement continues to define us as employees.” The $113 million total includes our employees’ cash donations, the company’s matching contributions, and $7.8 million from Microsoft to match volunteer hours logged by our employees. Our volunteer program provides a Microsoft contribution of $17 for every hour spent by our employees. Last year, more than 7,400 employees participated, logging almost 460,000 volunteer hours to help nonprofit groups. This has been growing – enough so that 2014 may well see Microsoft employees contribute half a million hours of volunteer time to help nonprofits thrive. Read more about Microsoft’s contribution to the community here. ...

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The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football franchise in the National Football League based in Seattle, Washington. They got qualified for the finals of NFL known as SuperBowl. The final game is taking place on Sunday and as Microsoft’s HQ is located in Seattle, there are lots of Seattle Seahawks fans among Microsoft employees. To showcase their support for Seahawks, around 7000 employees of Microsoft’s Operating Systems group gathered together Microsoft’s campus to form 12th man flag. Check out more photos below. Photos credits: Microsoft and its employees on Twitter. ...

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