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February 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

[UPDATED] Microsoft layoffs apparently being announced today

[UPDATE: About 200 Microsoft employees are being notified today that they’re being laid off as part of a marketing restructuring within the company, sources close to the company are saying.

The layoffs — the majority of them in the local area — are part of a restructuring of the company’s marketing department aimed at reducing duplication of job responsibilities, clarifying the roles of central marketing versus product-group marketing, and improving the impact of the company’s marketing as a whole.

The approximately 200 layoffs come from the company’s worldwide marketing force of about 6,000 employees. The positions affected apparently cut across a broad range of groups including Windows, Office, Server & Tools, Online Services and Windows Phone as well as the central marketing group.

Microsoft employs about 92,000 employees worldwide, 40,600 of whom work in the Puget Sound area.

Microsoft issued the following statement on the layoffs:

Please go to this post for more updated reports on the layoffs.]

[Earlier post: We’re hearing that layoffs are being announced today at Microsoft, related to a marketing restructuring within the company that was reported earlier.

Bloomberg had earlier reported that Microsoft was planning to restructure its marketing operations to eliminate overlaps in job responsibilities and that that could mean hundreds of job cuts.

Ad Age had reported that the reorganization will shift some power from centralized marketing to “product-focused business units, such as Windows and Office.”

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet has a screen capture of a tweet from a Microsoft marketing manager — Commercial and Communications Sector Lead Maher Al-Khaiyat — who had tweeted earlier today that the company was announcing “major layoffs” today. That tweet now appears to have been removed.

Microsoft has not said anything officially yet. We’ll update as we hear more.]

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