Bad news for some Microsoft employees: the tech giant is planning to cut up to 3,000 jobs as part of a greater effort to focus on the cloud. The layoffs are expected to occur in the sales force. The most recent quarter saw a jump in revenue for both server products and cloud services revenue (15 percent ) and Azure (93 percent). Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to CNBC. “Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated. Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others. The Redmond, Wash. company’s profits overall soared 28 percent to $4.8 billion. Sales surged 8 percent to $22 billion.



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