Microsoft Cuts 800 More Jobs

But will still hire in priority areas

Microsoft said on Nov. 4 that it is cutting 800 more jobs in addition to the 5,000 layoffs announced previously.

"Earlier this year, we announced that in order to reduce costs, increase efficiency and prioritize our focus areas, we would eliminate approximately 5,000 positions by June 2010," a Microsoft spokesman said.

"Today, we are eliminating around 800 positions spread across multiple businesses and locations and have completed our reduction plan sooner than we had anticipated 11 months ago," the spokesman said.

"At the same time, we continue to hire in priority areas, but also understand that continuing to manage our businesses closely, as we always do, can mean additional headcount adjustments," the spokesman added.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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