Things are changing fast at Microsoft these days, with Satya Nadella now firmly ensconced at the helm of the company. One of the biggest changes was an unfortunate one for many workers. Layoffs were announced and a new casualty has come to light.
The company is closing its Research Lab in Silicon Valley effective today. Workers have apparently been offered jobs elsewhere in the company according to a recent report.
This is all part of a much larger cut, which eliminates 2,100 jobs, most up in Washington where the company is headquartered. Only 160 of the workers are located in California, home of many tech companies in the US.
The lab opened back in 2001, and had been active ever since. All is not lost, however. According to the report, “Microsoft operates a number of Microsoft Research labs worldwide, including labs in Asia, Cairo, Cambridge (UK), Europe, India, Israel New England, New York City and Redmond”.
This does not eliminate California from the picture, as Microsoft still has other employees that are located in the state. However, most are likely worried, as other cuts could come, though there has been no indication of that so far.Further reading: Microsoft