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Washington: Indian American CEO Satya Nadella-led Microsoft on Wednesday announced it was laying off 7,800 employees primarily in the phone business as part of a major overhaul aimed at focusing the company on its core businesses.

This is Nadella’s second major restructuring of Microsoft, a major employer of Indian IT professionals. It had 118,600 employees at the end of March, with about 60,000 of them in the US.

The new cuts represents about 7 percent of its workforce, compared to the 14 percent or 18,000 layoffs he announced last year in Nokia’s devices and services business, following Microsoft’s acquisition of the handset maker.

The new job cuts and restructuring will also mean a $7.6 billion writedown for the company, a one-time charge that many have been expecting, according to CNN.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s 2013 purchase of Nokia was one of his most criticized deals with analysts suggesting Ballmer was hampering the company with an ageing legacy business.

While Microsoft will not stop making smartphones, Nadella on Monday said Microsoft would no longer focus on the growth of its own smartphone business.

“I am committed to our first-party devices, including phones,” Nadella said in an email to Microsoft employees. “However, we need to focus our phone efforts in the near term while driving reinvention.”

In late June too, Nadella warned of tough choices ahead, noted Fortune.

The fact that most of the cuts come from the company’s phone business is not a surprise, it said.

A Microsoft spokesman said the cuts were all about focusing the company on core businesses, which is why it just sold some of its mapping business and ad sales business to AOL.

“We want to concentrate on where we can add value,” he told Fortune.

(IANS)

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Microsoft acquires gaming start-up PlayFab

PlayFab claims to process more than 1.5 billion transactions a day

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PlayFab is a gaming company used by over 700+ users. Twitter
PlayFab is a gaming company used by over 700+ users. Twitter
  • Microsoft has acquired PlayFab
  • PlayFab powers 1200 live games with more than 700 million gamers
  • Playfab is used by many companies like Disney, Nickelodeon, etc.

Microsoft has acquired gaming start-up PlayFab for an undisclosed sum and will integrate its services into Azure platform to help developers build better games.

PlayFab powers more than 1,200 live games and has served over 700 million players.

Microsoft acquired the start-up PlayFab. Pixabay
Microsoft acquired the start-up PlayFab. Pixabay

“Together, Azure and PlayFab will further unlock the power of the intelligent cloud for the gaming industry, enabling game developers and delighting gamers around the world,” Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President of gaming at Microsoft, said in a blog post.

PlayFab technology is being used by entertainment companies like Disney, NBC Universal, Wizards of the Coast, Nickelodeon, Bandai Namco, Rovio and Capcom.

Also Read: Microsoft to offer cloud services to Indian start-ups

“Our platform of scalable game services, game analytics, and LiveOps tools are helping more than 3,000 studios progress from shipping static software to creating games that scale gracefully and evolve over time with new content, live events, and frequent updates,” PlayFab CEO James Gwertzman said in a post.

This acquisition will greatly benefit the Microsoft.
This acquisition will greatly benefit the Microsoft.

PlayFab claims to process more than 1.5 billion transactions a day, nearly 20,000 transactions a second.

“Microsoft, with its deep expertise in gaming and cloud computing, is a perfect home for PlayFab as we expand our platform and features,” Athe company said.

“Microsoft’s global presence and world-class Microsoft Azure server infrastructure complement PlayFab’s services, making it even easier for studios to focus on building great games instead of back end technology,” it added. IANS

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