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Microsoft layoffs: What the bloodbath leaves behind

Woody Leonhard | July 18, 2014
The announcement that Microsoft will lay off 18,000 people in the coming year also details the removal of Android from Microsoft's mobile future.

One might reasonably assume that the transition from Ballmer to Nadella (I hesitate to use the term "power struggle") had a significant impact on why it took Microsoft so long to put Nokia out of its misery and finally cut all those employees loose. You can decide whether the six-month-plus wake was good or bad for the employees.

All of this is happening as Ballmer becomes Microsoft's largest shareholder, former Ford CEO (and Ballmer adviser and at one time rumored next Microsoft CEO) Alan Mulally joins the Google board of directors, and Bill Gates — who stepped down as Microsoft's chairman of the board tobecome Nadella's adviser — is nowhere to be seen in the tech world. If you've seen Gates on campus, drop me a line.

Times are a-changin'.

Source: InfoWorld


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