Microsoft is at it again and this it time it may spell misery for thousands of employees under its sales team banner as the company tries to adapt to changing trends in the IT industry and keep itself profitable.
As per the publication, a source with knowledge of the aforementioned plan of the company informed them that the USA firm would downsize its staffs by "thousands" across the world.
Some reports also hinted that the layoffs might be the result of a change in leadership. It has announced quite a few job cuts in the last few years, the most talked about being 18,000 positions removed in 2014.
Calling the global shifts "some of the most significant" in the company in years, Bloomberg suggests marketing divisions and sales divisions will be impacted hardest.
Microsoft is reorganizing its entire sales organization to better focus on its fast-growing cloud-computing business, according to an internal memo sent to employees on Monday morning. Commercial Software Engineering, or CSE, is what was the technical core group of Microsoft's recently disbanded Developer Experience (DX) unit, led by Technical Fellow John Shewchuk.
As with previous re-orgs - conducted in 2013, 2015, and 2016 - which shared similar timing with this announcement, this shakeup will reportedly include job cuts, which could impact the company's local marketing efforts in certain countries. While Microsoft's Azure technology has emerged as the top competitor to Amazon Web Services, its 2017 sales will likely be roughly a quarter of its top rival, according to estimates from Deutsche Bank.
The impending shake-up may be the result of executive changes within the past year.
The move will mean the sales team's strategy - formerly tasked with shifting software for personal and business computers - will now instead focus on providing integrated cloud services.
Last month Microsoft quietly reshuffled several teams working in its cloud, enterprise and artificial intelligence research units.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella carved up Turner's responsibilities after his departure. As always, we'll keep you up to date as soon as more information becomes available.