Microsoft said In January it would cut approximately 5,000 positions before the end of the next fiscal year, which ends in June. With the latest cuts Microsoft said it has essentially completed those layoffs. Microsoft on Wednesday said that approximately 800 workers are being eliminated from their job. Actually, the latest cuts will push Microsoft past that 5,000 number.
Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said that once these cuts are made, it will have eliminated approximately 5,800 jobs since January. Gellos said that we’ll manage our businesses closely and do the things that we need to do. The company also said in January it would continue to hire in key areas such as web search.
Microsoft has cut a variety of products in recent months, including Microsoft Money, Windows Live OneCare and, just this past week, its small business accounting product line. There could also be additional cuts, even as Microsoft does some hiring in key areas.