Microsoft is laying off more employees beyond the nearly 8,000 cut earlier this year, company officials acknowledged on October 22.
The New York Times said about 1,000 employees, representing less than one percent of Microsoft's global workforce, were being cut. When I asked Microsoft for comment, officials wouldn't say how many employees are being let go but did confirm there were "some cuts," in the words of a spokesperson.
"The job reductions were spread across more than one business area and country and reflect adaptations to business needs," that company spokesman told me via an e-mailed statement.
I heard from one contact of mine that Microsoft is cutting "a noticeable" number of contractors this week, including a number involved in finance and legal.