Microsoft further restructures Phone Hardware Business, reduces 7,800 positions

| July 8, 2015 | 12 Replies

As part of their continuing plans to focus and align resources, Microsoft has plans to cut 7,800 jobs of which the majority of them being in the phone business. Nokia’s once standalone business is being transformed to something that furthers Microsoft’s ambitions to creating a vibrant Windows ecosystem in their first-party device family.

It seems in the short term, there’ll be a more ‘effective and focused’ phone portfolio (limited run of devices?) whilst “retaining capability for long term reinvention in mobility” (keeping enough peeps to have some degree of innovation?).

Also, like that 6.2 Billion USD ‘goodwill’ charge for aQuantive in 2012, they’re taking a ‘impairment of assets and goodwill” of 7.6 Billion USD related to the “assets associated with the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services”. The expected restructuring costs range between 750-850 million USD.E


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Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to restructure the company’s phone hardware business to better focus and align resources. Microsoft also announced the reduction of up to 7,800 positions, primarily in the phone business. As a result, the company will record an impairment charge of approximately $7.6 billion related to assets associated with the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services (NDS) business in addition to a restructuring charge of approximately $750 million to $850 million.

Today’s announcement follows recent moves by Microsoft to better align with company priorities, including recent changes to Microsoft’s engineering teams and leadership, plans to transfer the company’s imagery acquisition operations to Uber, and shifts in Microsoft’s display advertising business that enable the company to further invest in search as its core advertising technology and service.

Today’s plans were outlined in an email from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Microsoft employees.

“We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem including our first-party device family,” Nadella said. “In the near-term, we’ll run a more effective and focused phone portfolio while retaining capability for long-term reinvention in mobility.”

Microsoft will record a charge in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 for the impairment of assets and goodwill in its Phone Hardware segment, related to the NDS business. This charge has no impact on cash flow from operations and is nondeductible for income tax purposes. Based on the new plans, the future prospects for the Phone Hardware segment are below original expectations. Accordingly, the company concluded that an impairment adjustment of its Phone Hardware segment assets and goodwill of approximately $7.6 billion is required.

The actions associated with today’s announcement are expected to be substantially complete by the end of the calendar year and fully completed by the end of the company’s fiscal year.



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