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Microsoft employees await next round of layoffs

Announcement expected on Thursday, as Nadella’s axe continues to fall

Microsoft employees await next round of layoffs
The next round of job cuts are expected to be from outside the devices division.

Microsoft Corp will announce the second round of its planned 18,000 layoffs tomorrow, according to a number of media reports.

Under chief executive Satya Nadella, who was announced as Steve Ballmer's successor in February, Microsoft entered into a programme of downsizing following its acquisition of Nokia's devices business. The purchase left Redmond with many overlapping roles and in July it revealed its plan to cut jobs.

Since then, 12,500 staff members have been let go, with the vast majority being ex-Nokia workers. The latest round is likely to be from departments outside devices. Nadella has previously indicated the downsizing would be complete by the end of the year.

The cuts come a time when even Microsoft's board is undergoing changes. Co-founder Bill Gates resigned as chairman in February and Steve Ballmer stepped down from his seat in August. Two other directors have announced this week their intentions to resign before the end of the year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this would leave Microsoft with a board where six out of 10 directors had been appointed in the past three years and a CEO who is the first in the company's history to have no ties to its founders.

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