Round two of Microsoft layoffs coming September 18: Sources

Posted 2 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 8 recent echos

Microsoft will continue with its planned layoffs of 18,000 with job cuts across nearly all divisions of the company with its second wave of cuts later this week. Follow @maryjofoley Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July. That wave included some, but not all, of the former Nokia employees, my contacts say. It also included employees in the Operating Systems Group and just about every other group across the company. Microsoft also is planning to reduce...

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Microsoft is busy preparing a Windows Technical Preview for later this month, but the software maker is also privately testing an Office Technical Preview for the next version of its popular Office suite. Sources familiar with Microsofts Office plans tell that the company has been distributing copies of a future version of Office to partners and testers recently, providing an early look at new features. While testing is in the early stages, we understand Microsoft is adding the Tell Me helper...

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Microsoft cuts another 2,100 employees worldwide

Posted 22 hours ago ago at All About Microsoft with 3 recent echos

As part of a second wave of cuts announced in July, Microsoft is laying off 2,100 employees worldwide on September 18. Follow @maryjofoley Today cuts will be across a variety of teams, as previously rumored. The Microsoft spokesperson declined to specify which teams would bear the brunt of the latest round of cuts. Microsoft officials said in July that the company would be realigning its worldwide workforce by cutting 18,000 jobs, with 12,500 of those cuts coming from employees...

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A First Look at the Windows Technical Preview

Posted 16 hours ago ago at Win Super Site with 3 recent echos

In less than two weeks, Microsoft will begin revealing information about the Windows Technical Preview, the first pre release look at the next version of Windows. The actual Preview won't be out until October, I'm told. But there no reason to wait: Here what you're going to see. Obviously, a lot of information about the Windows Technical Preview has leaked already. But information I believe to be truly new is bolded below so you can find it more easily. Microsoft is bringing back the...

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Microsoft to close Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley

Posted 20 hours ago ago at All About Microsoft with 3 recent echos

Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, with about 50 employees, is one of the casualties of Microsoft latest round of 2,100 job cuts. Follow @maryjofoley On September 18, Microsoft officials acknowledged the company would be cutting 2,100 jobs across the company worldwide as part of the previously announced layoffs of 18,000 disclosed in July 2014. Of today cuts, 747 are in the Washington state area, and 160 total in California, a Microsoft spokesperson said. Derek Murray, a Microsoft...

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Microsoft is looking to 'fundamentally change the way Windows is shipping'

Posted 2 days ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

Near the end of Ballmer tenure as CEO, he introduced the rapid release cycle for products at Microsoft. No longer will the company go years before significantly updating its products;instead, itwill ship features as soon as they are ready. Nadella agrees with this and has been pushing his teams even harder to ship faster. Now,thanks to a new job posting on Microsoft website, Windows is about to undergo even faster changes. According to a job posting on Microsoft website, they are looking to...

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Windows 9: Start menu changes color to match the theme

Posted 12 hours ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

The road to the technical preview is quickly filling up with all sorts of leaks that show off new details about the OS. If you have missed any of the information so far, you can check out all of the content here. In the latest leaks, we can see that the new Start menu will match the backgrounds of the wallpaper that you are using. As you can see in the image at the top of this post, the Start menu changes color according to the background that you choose. It a small personalization step for the...

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Microsoft layoffs part deux: Coming soon

Posted 1 day ago ago at GigaOM with 1 recent echos

Remember those layoffs Microsoft promised back in July? The next batch is due soon, tomorrow in fact, according to a company source, confirming what ZDNet already reported. News that the software giant needed to slim down big time first broke in late June. The actual announcement – plans to cut 18,000 people or about 15 percent of total headcount — came on July 17. About 12,500 of the jobs were axed almost immediately. Now, it looks like the next tranche happens Thursday. Microsoft...

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