Some very upsetting news for Microsoft employees broke this morning when the company announced that it could lay off up to 18,000 workers, the largest layoff in company history. That's about 14 percent of Microsoft's entire workforce!
Microsoft recently bought cellphone maker Nokia, and it looks like its employees will be hit the hardest.
Of course, the cuts won’t be spread equally across divisions. As expected, the majority of the cuts will affect legacy Nokia employees—about 12,500—which according to [Microsoft CEO Satya] Nadella will be include "both professional and factory workers." According to Re/code’s analysis, this is about half of the Nokia Devices and Services unit.
The other 5,500 job cuts will probably be spread across many of Microsoft's other departments. The layoffs will take place over the next six months.
In the email announcement, Nadella said the layoffs were caused by the company's decision to simplify the workforce and take a new direction with its Nokia gadgets. Microsoft will no longer be making any Android-based devices and will instead run its Nokia phones using Windows.