Cuts will cost firm £672 million; 747 jobs will be cut in the Seattle area with the rest spread globally

Microsoft cuts 2,100 jobs

Microsoft is cutting 2,100 jobs as part of its plan to lay off 18,000 employees.

The tech firm said that 747 jobs will be lost in the Seattle area and the rest will be carried out across the rest of its global operations around the world.

In July, Microsoft said its plan is ‘to simplify its organisation and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy’.

13,000 jobs were cut in July, and Microsoft expects to complete the overall 18,000 job cuts by June 30th 2015.

The cuts are part of Microsoft’s restructuring plan after acquiring Nokia in April, and will cost the company between $1.1 billion (£672m) and $1.6billion (£977m) for costs related to the cuts.

In an email sent in July, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said: "The first step to building the right organisation for our ambitions is to realign our workforce.

"Making these decisions to change are difficult, but necessary. It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas."

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