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Microsoft to slice 18,000 jobs in quest for meanness, leanness
Microsoft to slice 18,000 jobs in quest for meanness, leanness

Attempting to fend off a culture that dwelled too long on tradition and replace it with one far more aggressive, Microsoft Corp.’s chief executive announced sweeping layoffs on Thursday that will affect workers worldwide. Anlaysts were surprised by the number — up to 18,000 job cuts over the next year — but not by the move. “They had to shed the notion that it was fortress Microsoft, where everything was Windows first,” said Merv Adrian, a vice president of research at Gartner Inc. “They are moving from a company that has historically played catch-up for the last decade into a company that wants to go back into that leadership role that they were in...

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