Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division, which added almost 25,000 employees onto the payroll of the software giant. The company announced in July about its plans to cut 18,000 jobs, 12,500 of which were from the acquired Nokia workforce, within the course of a year. During its first wave of layoffs in July, the company laid off 13,000 jobs, followed by another 2,100 last month.
It seems the next round of layoffs are here, and the company is reportedly letting go of 3,000 employees across different business units and countries. A majority of them are believed to be from the support staff in human resources, finance, sales, marketing and IT.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement to ZDNet,
“We've taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July. The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries."
With the latest lay offs, Microsoft has almost reached its goal of 18,000 job cuts, so the final wave will bid farewell to a small number of employees. After today's job cuts, the company is left with around 107,000 employees on its payroll.