Microsoft is cutting the number of contractors who work at MSN as part of the large company-wide reorganization announced in July.
The company did not say how many contractor positions are being cut but did say that different vendors, who provide the contract workers, would be affected to different degrees.
Full-time employees at MSN do not appear to be affected by the cuts and, indeed, the company says it’s planning to expand the number of MSN’s full-time employees.
MSN, Microsoft’s news portal, which gets about 120 million visitors a month, has both full-time employees and contractors whose work includes writing and editing content for MSN’s various sections.
MSN and Bing Apps, which produces News, Weather, Sports and other apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, merged in July as part of the larger company reorganization.
There are “lots of increased investments going on,” said Brian MacDonald, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Apps, Media and Publishing group, which includes MSN and Bing Apps. “We are increasing the full time staffing and permanent spend by converting some vendor dollars.
“Total dollars spent in the Puget Sound area is increasing on MSN and the Bing apps,” he said. “This is a line item budget shift but absolutely not a spend reduction for cost savings.”
Microsoft declined to say how many full-time employees and contractors work at MSN and Bing Apps.