January 15, 2009

Microsoft Layoffs today?

Filed under: Microsoft,US — 7macaw @ 7:50 am
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It was reported earlier that today is the day when layoffs at Microsoft are to begin. Please share your story if you or someone you know was laid off at Microsoft.~

Update 1 (1-15-2009): Microsoft Corp is considering significant layoffs across its various divisions, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment on layoff rumors, according to Reuters

Update (1-21-2009): Microsoft expected to cut jobs as profit weakens

Update 2 (1-22-2009): Microsoft slashes up to 5,000 jobs

Update 3 (1-23-2009): Microsoft has shutdown the ACES game studio (Microsoft Flight Simulator) and axed the entire staff

Update 4 (1-25-2009): US senator asks Microsoft about job cuts, H1B visas

Update 5 (1-28-2009): Microsoft to layoff some H1B visa holders

Update 6 (2-3-2009)Microsoft hiring continues despite layoffs


  1. […] Microsoft layoffs today? [updated 1-15-2009], [pool] […]

    Pingback by Today’s Hot Layoff Topics « — January 15, 2009 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  2. Writing in from Redmond, WA.
    There is a ton of news about this rumor, but absolutely no wors from management about it. We were told just a few weeks ago that the company would not use layoffs to cut staff, but rather slow hiring and let natural attrition lower the numbers. This rumor has been nothing but pure speculation, and news agencies are simply feeding the fire by replaying it. So, again, I’m just a engineer at MS, but to this day, the only place I’ve heard anything about layoffs has been on the internet rumor mill.

    Comment by Nick — January 16, 2009 @ 7:28 am | Reply

  3. The rumored layoffs that are coming to Microsoft, although bad, don’t seem to be too out of step with other layoffs that have happened to similar companies, like Sony. Hopefully the economy turns around before more of these types of layoffs occur – it is always saddening to hear stories of families out of work.

    Comment by Microsoft Consultant — January 16, 2009 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  4. i heard that 1200 layoffs would happen Today… WOW talk about a surprise to the people that get axed….Now go home,
    Ugly stuff.

    Comment by UPTHECREEK — January 22, 2009 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  5. Guys, I’ve posted some details on The Daily Anchor… 1,400 were already let go today and 3,600 will be let go over the next 18 months, but Balmer says Microsoft will still fill some new positions, and that net headcount over 18 months will be down only 2,000-3,000. This isn’t rumor, this is confirmed in Ballmer’s email to all employees and Microsoft’s official press release.

    Comment by Andrew — January 22, 2009 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  6. What is the severance package at Microsoft layoff?

    Comment by FD — February 6, 2009 @ 9:34 am | Reply

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