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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.

September 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

More MSN cuts taking place this week

We wrote Wednesday about the beginning of substantial cuts to the number of contractors working at MSN.

Today, many more MSN contractors are being notified of the cuts.

MSN Entertainment has informed its contractors that it’s letting many of them go. Kent Laird, lead editor for MSN Movies and TV, apparently sent out an email to its contractors, saying: “I am writing you to let you know that effective 10/1/2013 our freelance budget has gone away entirely,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The cuts are apparently to contractor and vendor positions, not full-time company employees. But MSN has many such contractors and vendors providing content for it.

“Bloggers, freelance writers, producers, as well as editors are being let go left and right,” one person affected by the cuts said today.

A company spokesman declined to say how many people will be affected by the cuts. He also declined to say how many full-time employees and how many contractors work for MSN.

Microsoft had said Wednesday that the cuts are part of the larger company reorganization announced in July.

As part of that reorganization, MSN and Bing Apps, which produces News, Weather, Sports and other apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, had merged in July.

While MSN is cutting its contractor and vendor budgets, it’s also planning to increase its spending on full-time employees, Brian MacDonald, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Apps, Media and Publishing group, which includes MSN and Bing Apps, said Wednesday.

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