Microsoft to lay off 200 employees from R&D projects, in total since July 2000: Report

Microsoft, which laid off 1 percent or 1,800 employees in July, has asked to lay off about 200 more employees, this time from one of its customer-focused R&D projects, media reported on Wednesday.

According to a post on Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, the recent layoffs have also affected contract recruiters in several locations.

a Business The Insider report previously noted that additional job cuts were concentrated in Microsoft’s Modern Life Experience (MLX) group, which was put together in 2018 with the goal of “winning back consumers.”

“About 200 employees of the Modern Life Experience team have been asked to relocate or move to the company within 60 days,” the report claimed.

A company spokesperson declined to provide details to TechCrunch, but “did not deny that layoffs had taken place”.

The Modern Life Experience team was focused on “bringing consumer products directly to the people who need them, empowering families to learn, explore and connect in a fun and safe environment.”

According to reports, the MLS team later partnered with Microsoft’s Family Safety Group to create the first version of the Family Safety app for iOS and Android.

In June 2020, MLX Group launched Money in Excel, a template that lets users automatically link bank, credit card, investment and loan accounts to Excel.

“Money in Excel” is scheduled to close on June 30, 2023.

Last month, Satya Nadella-run Microsoft became the first tech giant to lay off employees as part of a “realignment”. Microsoft’s layoffs affected nearly 1 percent of its 1,80,000-strong workforce in its offices and product divisions. Microsoft has also slowed hiring across Windows, Teams and Office Groups.

Other tech companies that have either laid off employees or slowed hiring in the current economic downturn include Google, Meta, Oracle, Twitter, Nvidia, Snap, Uber, Spotify, Intel and Salesforce.

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