Microsoft to Lay Off ‘Thousands’ of Workers

The Seattle-based tech giant wants to refocus on selling cloud-based services

Tech giant Microsoft is set to layoff “thousands” of employees around the world as it looks to reconfigure its sales force, according to a report Sunday by TechCrunch.

The restructuring will look to internally merge the company’s subject-matter expert divisions and its enterprise customer unit; the Seattle-based company is expected to announce the job cuts later this week.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The layoffs come on the heels of last week’s report by Bloomberg that Microsoft would look to focus its sales force on selling cloud services rather than software for computers and servers.

In the past, mid-summer has been a typical time of the year for Microsoft to cut overhead, with its fiscal year ending in July. Microsoft shed nearly 3,000 jobs at this time last summer, and more than 7,500 the year before.

Microsoft’s sales division has undergone a makeover in the past year since COO Kevin Turner left the company last July.

Execs Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois stepped in to lead the sales and marketing divisions, and Althoff has not pulled any punches in his criticism of Microsoft’s previous game plan.

“Our sales approach has changed entirely,” Althoff last year told the Seattle Times.