An unconfirmed rumour is currently spreading wide that software giant, Microsoft is poised for a round of significant layoff, involving some 15,000 workers, or 17% of the company’s total workforce.
2 well known blogs, Fudzilla and Mini-Microsoft started covering stories of a possible massive layoff by Microsoft in December, and both are confident that what they are telling their readers are nothing but the blatant truth.
It wasn’t clearly indicated if the workers affected are full time employees, or those who are employed on contract, or through third party contractors.
In the meantime, the CNBC news took a moderate approach by saying that some restructuring is possible, but major layoff is probably unlikely. The restructuring will be aligned towards cutting the company’s operational costs and implemented through non renewal of contract workers, whose contracts are lapsed. Attrition will also be part of the game where positions which are made vacant would not be filled.
Microsoft, which prides itself with its best selling products – Windows operating system, is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, and currently employs more than 80,000 workers worldwide. However, the company is losing its popularity with its latest Windows, Vista, considered as one of the worst operating systems for the year 2008 by pundits. Its once popular browser, Internet Explorer is also now facing intense competition from rivals, Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari and the latest, Google’s Chrome.