Microsoft lays off 3,000 workers

Microsoft laid off 3,000 workers last week in the second wave of a major reduction announced in January. And in a memo to employees, CEO Steve Ballmer said more cuts are possible.  “As we move forward, we will continue to closely monitor the impact of the economic downturn on the company and if necessary, take further actions on our cost structure, including additional job eliminations,” Ballmer wrote. In January, Microsoft had disclosed plans to eliminate 5,000 positions, more than 5% of the 96,000 full-time workers it employed at the time. And what about Microsoft’s clients? Don’t they all have pressures on their cost structures? Wouldn’t it be a magnanimous gesture if Microsoft were to cut the cost of their products and so provide financial help to PC users across the World?

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