Layoff figures only half the picture
Beneath or between the lines, people can find that up to 15% of the contractors (or vendors) might be cut, so the headcount mentioned in the headlines does not tell the full story.
The software maker is trimming costs for travel, freezing wages, scaling back a massive expansion to its Redmond campus and looking to cut what it spends on contractors and vendors by up to 15 percent.
It’s interesting and worth noting that a high executive from Microsoft denied layoffs (in the on-line media) about 2 months ago. He seems to have lied and it’s worth bearing in mind now that Microsoft denies investing in a lawsuit against IBM. In general, Microsoft makes it very hard to trust what it tells the public. █
“…Microsoft wished to promote SCO and its pending lawsuit against IBM and the Linux operating system. But Microsoft did not want to be seen as attacking IBM or Linux.”
–Larry Goldfarb, Baystar, key investor in SCO