I know it’s not so nice to usher in the first day of the new year with such a bad news. But hey, everybody is talking about it and Fudzilla broke the news. It looks like the rumored Microsoft layoff may actually push through. And it even already has a date – January 15th.
Microsoft staff are said to have been informed already that the major layoff will actually happen and that the company is already preparing to implement the massive layoff, totalling to around 15,000 Microsoft employees worldwide. That equates to almost 17% of the total Microsoft employees all over the world.
What is not confirmed though is in which departments or regions those employees would come from. Although, there have been rumors that it could come from Microsoft’s office in the EMEA regions. Another rumor is that most of those employees would also come from MSN. Those who are well assured of not getting affected by the mass layoff would certainly be employees in Microsoft’s console sales, since the Xbox 360 although not as good as the Nintendo Wii, still manages to get a fair share of the console market.
Interestingly, the date when the layoff will be announced is set to happen a few days before Microsoft reports on its Q2 earning report.