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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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NIIT Technologies, Microsoft Partner to Drive Cloud-led Transformation

The agreement will enable both the companies to develop and deliver a spectrum of technology solutions for customers globally across banking and financial services

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IT solutions firm NIIT Technologies Ltd. on Thursday announced a global collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate the comprehensive cloud needs of enterprises — from infrastructure to business applications.

The collaboration will offer innovative solutions, enabling enterprises to become more agile, improve reliability and reduce operating costs while transforming customer experiences.

“We believe our collaboration with Microsoft can yield substantial and material benefits to our clients,” Sudhir Singh, CEO at NIIT Technologies said in a statement.

“This symbiotic relationship brings together our deep domain vertical expertise along with our differentiated intellectual property built on emerging Microsoft technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), predictive analytics to accelerate the digital ambition of our clients,” Singh added.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

NIIT Technologies and Microsoft have also agreed on a strategic Cloud Solution Provider agreement that enables NIIT Technologies to directly manage the entire lifecycle for its enterprise customers including commercials and support and deliver integrated end-to-end solutions as a managed service on Azure.

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The agreement will enable both the companies to develop and deliver a spectrum of technology solutions for customers globally across banking and financial services, travel and transportation, and insurance segments and also help them migrate to Azure.

“Microsoft’s focus is to not only integrate AI capabilities into its products and cloud services but also enable its partners leverage these AI capabilities to build AI powered solutions, which empower employees, engage customers, optimize operations and transform products,” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner at Microsoft Corp. (IANS)