A Microsoft spokesman says in an email, “I can confirm that there were job eliminations today at Microsoft. Like any company, Microsoft continually evaluates its operations and works to align the business to key priorities. I can assure you we’re thinking about the exciting new opportunities that Windows 8, Xbox and Skype present for our advertising and marketing partners.”
We’re hearing separately that the job cuts number in the hundreds, with some taking place outside of marketing and advertising. The move follows the end of the company’s fiscal year on June 30, which is traditionally when Microsoft reorganizes its business units, sometimes resulting in layoffs.
Last week Microsoft announced a $6.2 billion accounting writedown related to its 2007 acquisition of the aQuantive online advertising company, acknowledging that its “expectations for future growth and profitability are lower than previous estimates” in its Online Services Division.
Those affected by the cuts include Mel Carson, a well-known digital marketing evangelist for Microsoft Advertising who posted about his layoff on his blog, noting that it wasn’t related to his performance.
Microsoft cut about 200 jobs in its marketing groups earlier this year.