Microsoft's Workforce Reduction Continues with 2,100 Additional Layoffs

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Today was a tough one in Redmond. Continuing with a restructuring plan announced earlier this year, Microsoft today handed out an additional 2,100 pink slips as part of a second wave of layoffs. When all is said and done, Microsoft will have reduced its total workforce by 14 percent, or 18,000 workers, as it looks to become a more agile company that can move faster towards its goals.

The second wave of layoffs follow a first wave of around 13,000 job reductions. That leaves approximately 2,900 more job cuts to be made, though it's not clear when those will come and whether they'll happen all at once or in multiple waves.

"The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries. We will continue to go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals and recognition of their service to the company," a spokeswoman for Microsoft told PCWorld in an email.

It's believed that most of the workers let go in the first round of layoffs were from Microsoft's Nokia Devices and Services division. Like the ones who were let go today, they were given severance packages.

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