As per the latest announcement by CNBC reports, Microsoft confirms the layoffs 3000 people from its sales department.
The job cuts amount to less that 10 percent of the company’s total sales force, and about 75 percent of them will be outside the U.S., the company said.
Microsoft has 71,000 employees in the U.S. and 121,000 employees around the globe, suggesting that these cuts are relatively small compared to the size of its entire workforce.
These layoffs are the result of a corporate reorganization at Microsoft announced earlier this week, which sees the company’s global sales force refocus its efforts on selling cloud computing.
Microsoft’s new focus on the cloud comes as the company sees growth potential as it fights against rivals like Amazon and Google. Microsoft’s cloud and server businesses have been fueling revenue recently, with server products and cloud services revenue up 15 percent and Azure revenue itself growing by 93 percent in the recent quarter. Microsoft’s last major reorganization took place a year ago