Microsoft today announced 800 more employee layoffs around the world. The public head counting is bit vague, but a Microsoft spokesman said that the company had already let go most of the 5,000 employees promised in January so today’s 800 layoffs were new and additional. On the other hand. if you like to try to read the tea leaves:
The software maker, based in Redmond, Wash., employed about 94,000 people as of the end of December 2008. At the end of September, about 91,000 people worked for Microsoft, indicating the company has added 2,000 jobs this year.
Perhaps, but it is cold comfort for those laid off although typical of the large corporation that Microsoft has become to be unable to manage their portfolio of activities without gratuitous layoffs whenever an economic downturn provides air cover. Among those laid off was Don Dodge, formerly Microsoft’s Director of Business Development for the Emerging Business Team who has been quoted a number of times on this blog.