Happy New Year Technologizer readers. Of course we have to start 2009 off right with some fresh layoff rumors from the world of tech, and this time it’s coming from Redmond.
Yes, Microsoft. The one who likes to point out it never lays people off (well at least officially). It’s no small pruning either: anywhere from 10 to 17 percent of the company’s workforce will be let go–or so the scuttlebutt says.
Pink slips are set to be handed out January 15 if you believe what’s being written, which would put it a week before the company announces its quarterly earnings.
The company is declining to comment on the reports, calling them “rumors and speculation.” Nobody seems to have any way to confirm it either, so I guess we’ll have to wait for folks to begin walking out of their offices with cardboard boxes in tow. If they indeed do.
We’ll probably find out sooner than that, however, as Microsoft is mandated by securities law to inform stockholders of actions that may affect its stock price within 24 hours.
Blogger Mini-Microsoft seems to think that layoffs may not be in the cards, however at the same time he seemed to suggest that the pullbacks might come in another way, such as reorganizations, phasing out of projects, and the like.
I guess we’ll see what happens, no?