Microsoft is expected to announce its next wave of layoffs on Thursday, following through on the company’s previously announced plan to cut a total of 18,000 jobs over the next year.
The news was reported earlier today by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, and we’re hearing similar rumblings from inside the company. Microsoft cut a total of 13,000 jobs in the initial wave, including more than 1,300 from its workforce in the Seattle region.
This is part of new CEO Satya Nadella’s attempt to streamline the company’s engineering operations and management processes, as outlined in his original July memo announcing the cuts. He described the goal as having “fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making.”
Microsoft has also been taking steps to reduce its reliance on its large contract workforce.
We should have more details on Thursday morning.