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July 16, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Report: Microsoft to cut 1,000 jobs in Finland

With rumors of large, company-wide layoffs looming, Microsoft reportedly has plans to cut 1,000 jobs from its mobile phone unit in Finland.

That’s according to Finnish daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, which also reported that half of that 1,000 would come from the closing of a former Nokia research and development unit in northern Finland, according to Reuters.

Microsoft took on an additional 25,000 former Nokia employees when the software giant’s deal to acquire the Finnish phonemaker closed in April.  The former Nokia employees work in more than 130 sites in 50 countries. 4,700 of them are in Finland.

Microsoft currently has about 127,000 employees, with some 43,000 of them in the Puget Sound area.

Layoff rumors have swirled ever since the close of the Nokia acquisition, and have gained strength in recent weeks, particularly with the start of the company’s fiscal year this month. CEO Satya Nadella hinted of layoffs to come in a memo outlining his vision for the company’s direction that he emailed to employees last week.

Nadella set a “core strategy” for Microsoft of being a “productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.”

As part of making that happen, sweeping cultural changes would have to happen, he said.

“Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture to deliver on this core strategy,” he wrote in his memo. “Organizations will change. Mergers and acquisitions will occur. Job responsibilities will evolve. New partnerships will be formed. Tired traditions will be questioned. Our priorities will be adjusted.”

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