Microsoft slashes 5000 jobs

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We posted a little while back on the rumour that Microsoft may be slashing 15 000 jobs. At that time I did say that I found it to be highly unlikely and while job cuts were likely, I expected it to be far fewer and closer to the 9000 mark.

Well it seems that I was overly pessimistic, as overnight Microsoft has announced that it will be cutting 5000 jobs due to the economic downturn. Most of these jobs will be in the R&D, Marketing, sales and human resource departments.

So will this affect us gamers? Well possibly, but not in this generation. The cuts in the R&D department may mean that the next version of the Xbox is going to be delayed – especially with the current console doing well in the market and the obvious cuts in spending by the technical giant from Redmond.

Source: News.com.au

Last Updated: January 23, 2009

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Gavin Mannion

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  • easy

    i would assume this is more of a preemptive action than anything else. basically tightening their belts before they get nailed by the recession.
    i doubt it will have any affect on gamers as a whole, even in the next gen of consoles to come.
    if ms cut more jobs later this year, q3/4 then it’ll give a better indication that they are in a crisis. really doubt that is the case though.

  • Bboy

    Well, I tell you – since I got Left 4 Dead at LEAST 5000 zombies have lost their jobs by my hand.

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