More Microsoft Layoffs Coming Soon

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Microsoft plans to lay off another 2,850 employees who work in its smartphone hardware business and global sales over the next 12 months.

The job cuts were disclosed in a Thursday filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

"We periodically evaluate how to best deploy the company's resources," the SEC document said.

This week's news comes on the heels of the 1,850 cuts announced in May as the company continues to scale down its smartphone hardware business. Some 1,350 pink slips were handed out to folks working at the old Nokia business in Finland, and another 500 globally. The tech titan expected to complete this round of layoffs by mid-2017.

This move shouldn't come as a big surprise: Microsoft recently sold off its feature phone business to a subsidiary of Foxconn and a newly formed Finnish firm. But Redmond is not exiting the mobile market altogether; the company plans to continue developing Windows 10 Mobile, and support Lumia phones and devices from its partners.

As of June 30, Microsoft employed approximately 114,000 people on a full-time basis: 63,000 in the US and 51,000 internationally. Of them, 38,000 were in operations, including manufacturing, distribution, product support, and consulting services; 37,000 in product research and development; 29,000 in sales and marketing; and 10,000 in general and administration.

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