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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

July 12, 2012 at 5:47 AM

Microsoft cutting jobs in advertising, marketing this week

Microsoft cut some advertising and marketing positions Wednesday as it “works to align the business to key priorities,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Microsoft has been cutting marketing jobs in recent months as part of a restructuring of its 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. In February, the company laid off 200 marketing employees — most of them in the Puget Sound area.

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

[Update 8:45 a.m.: A Microsoft spokesman issued this statement: “”I can confirm that there were job eliminations today at Microsoft. Like any company, Microsoft continually evaluates its operations and works to align the business to key priorities. I can assure you we’re thinking about the exciting new opportunities that Windows 8, Xbox and Skype present for our advertising and marketing partners.”]

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