Microsoft Lays Off 214 in U.S. Sales
Microsoft is laying off 214 U.S. salespeople, a day after it announced some executive shuffling across various product groups, officials confirmed on June 29.
While this isnt the first time Microsoft has cut employees, the move is somewhat uncharacteristic for the 70,000-employee company that has been adding staff by the thousands each year.
In 2004, Microsoft laid off 76 people in the Xbox unit. In 2003, the company cut more than 150 Microsoft Consulting Services employees from the payroll.
Microsofts fiscal 2006 ends on June 30. On June 28, Microsoft
As part of the move, former SMS&P head Orlando Ayala is moving to the emerging markets group.
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