Back in July, Microsoft announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is announced their plans to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 were from professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft. At that time, Microsoft expected these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July. Today, Microsoft announced the second round of layoffs and they are cutting 2,100 jobs across various divisions inside Microsoft. Of that total, 747 are in the Seattle region. So, there are still 2,900 jobs that Microsoft will cut from now to June 2015. Source: Geekwire ...

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Back in July, Microsoft announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is announced their plans to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 were from professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft. At that time, Microsoft expected these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported that second round of layoffs will be announced on Sep 15th this week. She reported, I am not sure how many will be cut in this week’s round, which I’ve heard will be announced internally this Thursday, September 18. But I do hear that ...

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During his interview at Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Microsoft CEO discussed about his current focus within the company, his new ‘productivity’ strategy, his upcoming visit to Asia and more. His current focus at Microsoft is on the culture, culture that is fostering constant renewal and learning. He believes that it has to start with the fundamental belief that everyone inside of the company knows that they make the culture; culture doesn’t make them. He said that productivity and platforms are the two main focus for Microsoft, It’s about being able to enable every individual and every organization to get more out of every moment of their life. He also said he is enthusiastic his visit to China and about what opportunity there is to have real impact and business success with it. On his focus at Microsoft, Culture is everything. … You need to have a culture that is ...

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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 has been a pioneer in workplace diversity and it was one of the first companies in the world to offer employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners and to include sexual orientation in its corporate nondiscrimination policy. They even have an employee resource group—Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees at Microsoft (GLEAM) which now has more than 2000 members. In fact, Microsoft has earned a 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index and the designation as a Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for nine years in a row! Recently, Pride parades was conducted in London and Seattle. Microsoft employees participated in it to show their support and Microsoft as an organization also supported it with lots of resources. Check out some of the photos below to see their parade activities. Microsoft was well represented at both the Pride in London and Seattle Pride Parades in 2014!  In London, ...

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Microsoft Research has announced its latest project called Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom in which you can explore Seattle and its art in a never before seen view. It uses well known Microsoft technologies Photosynth and ICE(Image Composite Editor) to deliver this experience. You can read the process in which this project was built below, We first sought out the perfect rooftop location from which to shoot such a panorama. We were lucky enough to find the Bay Vista condominium building, and thanks to the gracious owners, get access to amazing 360-degree views that include the Seattle Center, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and Seattle’s stadiums, as well Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and Lake Union. We also discussed the project with John Boylan, who has deep roots in the Seattle art scene. He helped us attract great interest from the arts community to come out and help create this celebration of the arts ...

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