These memos say the company reorganization will affect sales and marketing teams under Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela and Executive Vice Presidents Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois.
The job cuts amount to less that 10 percent of the company's total sales force, and about 75 percent of them will be outside the USA, the company said.
Microsoft had more than 121,000 employees worldwide at the end of March, according to its website. Three-quarters of the layoffs are expected to hit workers outside the U.S., though the Seattle Timesreports some layoffs will affect workers at Microsoft headquarters in Washington state.
Microsoft is all set to lay off close to 5000 people globally in its fresh drive to restructure and bring costs down. In a company email, the Microsoft sales staff was notified of the company's plans to put more focus on artificial intelligence and cloud services.
"Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners", it said in a statement. Like all companies, ' the unnamed spokesperson continued, 'we evaluate our business on a regular basis.
Microsoft has not specified how many people will lose their jobs but then again when everything is said and done we will get a number. Microsoft just made a major announcement that would rock the world for its employees in the sales department, and not in a good way: #layoffs. The sales growth for Microsoft'scloud business has been vastly improving in recent months and year.
It added that Microsoft workers were notified yesterday if their current job was affected.
These changes aim growing cloud computing business as the Microsoft's commercial cloud run rate hit $15.2 billion during the first quarter.
However, Microsoft is still lagging a long way behind Amazon Web Services in the sector. "This will enable Microsoft to better address cloud-native products, services and customers", he said.
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