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Microsoft Cuts 5,000 Staff, More Likely to Come

Posted in Finance, Microsoft at 11:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sunken boat

Summary: Overview of the coverage regarding Microsoft’s latest round of layoffs

WE WROTE about this yesterday and it turns out to be true. The company which relentlessly attacks GNU/Linux and also suppresses Freedom is down for the count (again).

Cringely said 50,000, but Microsoft may make it another 5,000 — for now.

UK coverage:

More details will come soon. It will also be realised which products/services/divisions get reduced or altogether axed.

The company’s shares are down today. Well, obviously they are. The company’s earnings are down 32% and GNU/Linux is partly responsible.

“[If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?] Open…Linux. I don’t want to say open source. Linux, certainly have to go with that.”

Steve Ballmer (Microsoft’s CEO), February 28th, 2008

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  1. Gentoo User said,

    May 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm


    Haha, and you accuse Microsoft of FUD? Your wording makes it look like Microsoft is laying off more people, when in reality they are completing their overall layoff plans, which were announced in January.

    I’m sorry if my Reuters ref is not “credible”, but I’m sure at least one of those links you posted there says the same thing. If not, you can always just deliberately misquote them like you did last week.

    So they had already said they were letting 5K people go. But here you say:

    Microsoft makes it another 5,000

    Emphasis mine.

    Is there a particular reason you employ the same tactics you accuse your real and imagined enemies of using against you?

  2. Dan O'Brian said,

    May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm


    Heh, I was just about to point out the same thing. Microsoft said back in January that they planned on laying off 5,000 people over the course of 18 months. This means that they won’t be finished laying off those originally stated 5,000 until June 2010.

    Seriously, learn to comprehend basic english.

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