Microsoft is cutting back its smartphone and global sales teams even more than previously announced as it continues to pull back from the smartphone business and reorganize its sales staff.
Microsoft said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday, “In addition to the elimination of 1,850 positions that were announced in May 2016, approximately 2,850 roles globally will be reduced during the year as an extension of the earlier plan.” That earlier plan was part of the company’s retreat from its acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone division for more than $7 billion in 2014.
Most of the people affected by the additional job cuts have already been notified, including 900 related to the sales reorganization around the same time COO Kevin Turner left earlier this month, according to a person familiar with the cuts.
The Nokia deal was put together under former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Under current CEO Satya Nadella, the company retreated from the strategy and said last year that it would narrow its hardware focus to flagship smartphones. Before announcing job cuts in May, Microsoft had already cut a total of more than 19,000 jobs associated with the Nokia acquisition.
Microsoft said in the filing it laid off a total of 7,400 people in the 2016 fiscal year, which ended June 30.