Microsoft Shifting Focus Away from Smartphone Division

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Microsoft is cutting nearly 3,000 more jobs over the next year, bringing its total planned layoffs to almost 5,000, or roughly 4% of its total workforce.

Most of the job cuts are in Europe, Microsoft says, and the majority of employees facing layoffs are in the company’s struggling smartphone division. Specifically, job cuts are occurring most rampantly in Finland, the headquarters of Nokia, which Microsoft—perhaps regrettably—acquired in 2014 to tackle Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market.

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