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 6 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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Microsoft announces 'Windows 9' event in San Francisco on September 30th

Posted 3 days ago ago at The Verge with 3 recent echos

Microsoft is expected to deliver a Windows Technical Preview at the event or soon after so that developers and enterprise customers can evaluate a number of changes the company is making. Screenshots and videos of the Windows Technical Preview have leaked over the past week, revealing the addition of a new Start menu, a virtual desktops feature, and a Notification Center. Microsoft also appears to be tweaking its desktop user interface to improve and flatten the traditional icons, alongside some...

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

Posted 1 day 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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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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Microsoft invites media to meet the next version of Windows

Posted 3 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 2 recent echos

It official: Microsoft has sent out invitations to a September 30 event in San Francisco, where the company is expected to show off an enterprise technology preview of its next version of Windows, codenamed Threshold. The invitations dont specify whether Microsoft will distribute the Windows Threshold tech preview bits at the event. But previous leaks have indicated Microsoft has been targeting late September or early October to make a first public preview of Threshold available. Microsoft also...

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This Week’s Deals with Gold

Posted 2 days ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 2 recent echos

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 8 September 2014. […] The post This Week’s Deals with Gold appeared first on Xbox Live's Major Nelson.

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