Microsoft on Tuesday notified more than 3,000 workers that it was eliminating their jobs. The layoffs are part of a second wave of notices tied to job cuts announced earlier this year.
The software maker said in January that it would cut up to 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months. It made 1,400 cuts at the time. With the latest cuts, Microsoft has now cut nearly the 5,000 jobs already.
Although it didn’t announce further layoffs, the fact that it has already made all the reductions under the January program means any further job actions will have to come under a new round of cuts. In a memo to Microsoft workers, CEO Steve Ballmer left the door open to further action.
“As we move forward, we will continue to closely monitor the impact of the economic downturn on the company and if necessary, take further actions on our cost structure including additional job eliminations,” Ballmer said in the memo, which was seen by CNET News.
While the positions cut in January were more U.S.-centered, the cuts announced Tuesday were split roughly evenly between U.S. and international workers. The cuts were across the company in terms of job type.