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Microsoft likely to lay off thousands of employees amid big shake-up

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New Delhi: Microsoft is planning layoffs as it refocuses its sales force on making the software colossus a pivotal part of businesses relying on cloud computing, sources said.

The changes will mean thousands of job cuts in areas such as field sales, as per sources. The company had 121,567 employees as of March 31. The memo didn’t mention any job cuts.

Microsoft said revenue from its “Intelligent Cloud” rose 11 per cent from a year earlier to $6.8 billion. Microsoft said its Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased seven percent.

Office consumer products and cloud services revenue rose 15 percent, as the number of Office 365 consumer subscribers increased to 26.2 million. Microsoft is to release its earnings for the recently-ended quarter on July 20.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has announced thousands of jobs cuts in recent years.

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