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July 18, 2014

Nadella pivots sharply by cutting 18,000 jobs

  • About 1,350 Seattle-area Microsoft workers were laid off Thursday.
    AP Business Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices.

    Although some cuts had been expected ever since Microsoft acquired Nokia's mobile-device unit, the number amounted to 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce — about twice what analysts had estimated.

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