Microsoft reportedly cutting thousands of jobs, amid global sales restructuring

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Microsoft is gearing up to lay off thousands of employees worldwide in order to reorganize its sales force, reported TechCrunch.

Microsoft is set to announce the changes in the coming week, but declined to comment.

With the technology companies pushing for Cloud computing and selling their products and services on subscription basis, the newer energy and skills are being looked for to run the sales group resulting in re-organisation of sales division. However, with companies shifting their business to the cloud, Microsoft needs to convince more customers to switch to its Azure cloud services in a bid to increase revenue.

Microsoft Corp.is about to announce an internal reorganization meant to boost sales of cloud services that could see it lay off a number of staff as early as Monday, according to one report.

The move follows a number of organizational changes introduced in January affecting Microsoft's sales and marketing teams.

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Reorganizations at the software giant are something of an annual ritual, often announced at the close of the company's fiscal year, which ends Friday.

Microsoft had also added to the payroll about 1,000 salespersons with specialties in selling Cloud-computing products, Althoff had earlier said.

Now, Microsoft wants to accelerate this transformation in an effort to catch up with Amazon Web Services Inc., which is currently the leader in public cloud infrastructure services.

The restructuring is scheduled to be announced as soon as next week and will impact the Worldwide Commercial Business under Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois' global sales and marketing group, the people said.

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