The job cuts will be in addition to the 18,000 staff the company said it would let go about a year ago, The New York Times reported, quoting people briefed on the plans who requested anonymity. The announcement of the cuts could come as early as Wednesday, according to the report, which did not specify the number of staff that will be laid off. Microsoft had over 118,000 employees globally at the end of March, the report said.
The move is said to be a follow-up to the “tough choices” the company would have to make in areas where things are not working that CEO Satya Nadella warned of in an email to employees in late June.
The cuts are expected to come from the company’s hardware units, which continue to produce sales clunkers like Surface and Nokia smartphones.