According to a report published today, Microsoft is laying off employees in multiple countries that were working for its mobile division. Some of those laid off were employed in Finland and had become part of Microsoft's mobile division after the purchase of Nokia closed back in 2014. The report goes on to add that some of the employees affected were working in a marketing department that didn't exist until Nokia Devices and Services became part of the software giant.
The exact number of job cuts is unknown at the moment, although it is believed to be a number in the "dozens." Last July, Microsoft announced layoffs of up to 7800 in its smartphone hardware division. At the same time, the company took a charge of $7.6 billion.
"The job reductions were spread across more than one business area and country and reflect adaptations to business needs. We go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals."-Microsoft spokesman
Microsoft sold only 4.5 million Lumia handsets during the fourth quarter, and the company makes more money from licensing its Android patents than it does from selling its smartphones. Some are expecting Microsoft to launch a Surface Phone in the second half of the year. The device will reportedly be more about design than specs, and focus on enterprise sales.