Job losses at Microsoft will have “limited” affect on Xbox hardware

Thursday, 17 July 2014 14:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has announced it plans to 18,000 jobs over the next year, with its Nokia Devices and Services division bearing the brunt of the cuts.

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The Nokia division, which Microsoft purchased in 2013 for £4.6 billion, will see 12,500 cuts to create a “more productive, impactful teams across Microsoft,” according to CEO Satya Nadella.

Xbox wasn’t mentioned in a letter sent to employees by Nadella, but reports earlier this week suggested the European marketing staff could be affected. .

Microsoft’s Devices group boss Stephen Elop said amid the layoffs there would be “limited change” for Xbox hardware.

“With a set of changes already implemented earlier this year in these teams, this means there will be limited change for the Surface, Xbox hardware, PPI/meetings or next generation teams,” he said.

If anything of note regarding cuts in the firm’s Xbox Division is announced, we’ll be sure to update you.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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