Microsoft Corp. is pulling the trigger on thousands of the 5,000 job cuts it announced in January. When Microsoft announced its first-ever companywide layoffs, the software maker cut 1,400 of the jobs it said it would slash, with the rest coming over an 18-month period. Now after making cuts that were disclosed Tuesday, the software maker says it will be almost finished with the 5,000 layoffs. - from AP
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent a company-wide email Tuesday morning announcing a new wave of layoffs that will bring the number of job cuts at the software company to close to 5,000 this year. That?s at the high end of the job cuts that Microsoft in late January said it would make by June of next year. But Microsoft doesn?t want staffers creating a big commotion about the layoffs on email. In another less widely circulated message to managers, Microsoft senior vice president of human resources Lisa Brummel said Microsoft has ?asked leaders across the company to minimize the amount of e-mail sent today, as employees told us the e-mail volume in January was distracting.? For the latest round of layoffs, Brummel wrote that Microsoft ?leaders have agreed to streamline their e-mail communications.?

A copy of the memo was posted in the comments section of Mini-Microsoft, a blog run by an anonymous Microsoft employee that?s popular with company staffers. - from WSJ

A copy of the memo was posted in the comments section of Mini-Microsoft, a blog run by an anonymous Microsoft employee that?s popular with company staffers. - from WSJ