Microsoft recently laid off hundreds of employees in the company's last effort to slash 18,000 jobs that started in 2014. This most recent round of cuts focused mainly on the company's IT group, but also said other departments were impacted. It was done to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois told employees via email.
The layoffs took place in July, September, October and this April, and is the largest round of layoffs Microsoft has ever conducted. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was focused on helping the company restructure, especially after the purchase of Nokia's phone hardware business.
"We expect this to be the last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement released over the weekend.