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April 27, 2009 at 8:03 AM

Microsoft morning news roundup: Campus picnic canceled

Update 1:25 p.m.: I just spoke to Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos by phone and he said ,yes, the picnic has been called off. The company will not hold its annual summer picnic near North Bend this year.

As the company’s local headcount grew to 41,000 people, the picnic went from a one-day affair to one spread out over two weekends, featuring pony rides, wall climbing, food, drink, softball and frisbee for Microsoft workers and their families.

“The feedback from employees to Lisa Brummel, our VP of HR [human resources] has been overwhelmingly positive and understanding,” Gellos said. “Obviously people are disappointed but they understand why and there doesn’t appear to be any angst over this at all.”

Microsoft plans to eliminate 5,000 jobs between January and July 2010, and has made 1,400 of those cuts. The company also plans to create 2,000 to 3,000 jobs in the same period.

Earlier:

  • CNET says Microsoft has canceled its annual summer picnic for its Redmond employees. We are checking with the company to see if it’s true.The event usually takes place over a few days. The company said in its earnings call Thursday it planned to cut another $1 billion in operating expenses by June 30.

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