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Microsoft Lays Off Employees, Hires New Ones

November 6th, 2009 posted by · No Comments

MicrosoftMicrosoft continues to make layoffs, while at the same time hiring new employees to their company.

In a release earlier this week, Microsoft said it would be cutting 800 more jobs, in addition to the 5,000 layoffs already announced in January.

The specific areas of which job types and product groups would be affected wasn’t immediately known.

While thousands are now out of work, the software maker has added 2,000 jobs this year, hiring in key areas such as web search. Industry analysts say this is due to the launch of Bing, which is made to compete with Google for the share of the search market.

Despite Google being the search leader, they also laid off employees this year, so cuts across the entire tech industry are being felt.

This is particularly unsettling news for recent computer science graduates who turn to either Microsoft or Google once they finish their studies.

One of those let go was Don Dodge, Microsoft’s Director of Business Development for the Emerging Business Team. TechCrunch reported that Dodge addressed the dismissal on his personal blog and didn’t have a negative thing to say about Microsoft, even after turning their back on him in return for his years of service in transitioning the company.

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