"Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners. Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated," the company said in a statement to The Washington Post.
"Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others."
The job cuts were expected
after Microsoft's announcement last week. A majority of the cuts will be made
to positions outside of the
There will also be a few
cuts at the firm's headquarters in
Nadella, who came up through the firm's cloud division, has narrowed Microsoft's focus and doggedly trimmed the company's workforce.
In 2014, he announced he planned to cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year. Many cuts came from the firm's smartphone division, which Nadella sold off in 2016, two years after his predecessor purchased them for $7.2 billion. Last July, Microsoft said it would cut 2,850 positions.
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Nadella's focus on the cloud has paid off for the software giant. In April, the company said that the Azure division had grown its revenue by 93 percent over the same time period the previous year. Its main rival for cloud dominance is Amazon - which is the market leader with its Amazon Web Services - but Microsoft's strong growth has cheered investors and impressed analysts. (Amazon chief executive Jeffrey Bezos is the owner of the The Washington Post.)
The cuts to the sales force are meant to streamline Azure sales, in line with the simplified sales philosophy outlined in an internal Microsoft memo leaked to press earlier this week.