Microsoft Likely To Lay Off Thousands Of Employees Amid Big Shake-Up.
Microsoft had 121,567 employees as of March 31.
Microsoft Corp. reorganized its sales and marketing operations in a bid to woo more customers in areas like artificial intelligence and the cloud by providing sales staff with greater technical and industry-specific expertise.
The changes will mean thousands of job cuts in areas such as field sales.
The memo didn’t mention any job cuts.
Commercial sales will be split into two segments — one targeting the biggest customers and one on small and medium clients.
Employees will be aligned around six industries — manufacturing, financial services, retail, health, education and government.
Microsoft is in a pitched battle with companies like Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc., for customers who want to move workplace applications and data to the cloud, as well as take advantage of advances in artificial intelligence.
“There is an enormous $4.5 trillion market opportunity across our Commercial and Consumer businesses,” according to the email, which was sent by Worldwide Commercial Business chief Judson Althoff.
Washington-based company is creating six regions selling products.
The group will also focus on new areas such as the Internet of Things, voice, mixed reality and AI.
Microsoft aims to expand its consumer business by creating “desire for the same creativity tools” that people have at work through Surface, Windows devices and Office 365.