The day after Microsoft's announcement that it will lay off 18,000 employees, more specifics are coming into focus, including information about what's happening in the Operating Systems Group.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
Microsoft is closing Xbox Entertainment Studios as part of its attempt to focus on its core businesses. There's no word on the resulting headcount reduction.
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