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Report: Microsoft lays off “small percentage” of international sales force

According to a report published by CNBC, Microsoft has laid off a “small percentage” of its international sales force. The specifics and impacts of the layoffs are not official or imminently clear, but it is apparently part of a “course of business” due to the start of the 2019 fiscal year.

Microsoft has yet to publicly announce these latest layoffs, but the report cites a person familiar with the matter. The layoffs are also reportedly smaller than last year’s cut in the sale force, and do not reflect a strategy shift on Microsoft’s behalf.

Last year, Microsoft cut over 3,000 jobs in global sales and marketing positions worldwide, making up less than 10% of the company’s sales force. There have since been smaller rounds of layoffs and pay cuts, impacting the Windows Devices Group, and Bing and other operational areas. Those smaller layoffs were part of a larger Microsoft reorg to evolve Windows Mixed reality initiatives.

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