As had been rumored earlier this week, Microsoft lopped off a second set of jobs Thursday, cutting 2,100 positions, as part of a restructuring plan announced two months ago to eliminate 18,000 positions, or about 14% of the company's workforce.
"The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries. We will continue to go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals and recognition of their service to the company," a Microsoft spokeswoman said via email.
All affected employees will receive severance packages.
Microsoft dismissed about 13,000 employees in the first wave of layoffs in July, according to the spokeswoman. It's not clear when the remaining 2,900 jobs will be cut and whether those layoffs will happen in one or more waves. When completed, the staff reduction will be the largest in Microsoft's history.
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