Microsoft Slashing More Jobs Over Phone Fail

Windows Phone can't keep up with Apple's iPhone
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2015 10:44 AM CDT
Microsoft Slashing More Jobs Over Phone Fail
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco on April 29, 2015.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

More bad news for Microsoft: The company says it will cut 7,800 jobs more and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge to restructure its flagging phone hardware business. Microsoft paid $7.3 billion for Nokia's phone business in April 2014 in an effort to focus on mobile phones and Internet services priorities for the company as its traditional software business slowed. But Microsoft's Windows Phone system has gained little traction against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android system.

Now the company says it will write down more than the entire cost of buying Nokia and also take a $750 million to $850 million restructuring charge. The company is in the midst of a broader restructuring announced last year that includes cutting 18,000 jobs. Microsoft says it will give more details when it reports earnings on July 21. (More Microsoft stories.)

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