We all knew it was coming, but didn’t know when. In January Satya said that Microsoft will be consolidating its hardware lineup, and so, it has happened now.
Microsoft has now announced that it will be laying off a total of 276 workers at the start of fiscal year 2024. This has happened so quickly, after the company laid off almost 5% of its workforce (10,000) in just at the start of this year.
This chapter of layoffs will affect employees in Washington, with 210 workers being laid off from the company’s Bellevue and Redmond offices and 66 virtual staffers being laid off.
In a statement, Microsoft said that the layoffs were necessary to “align our cost structure with our revenue and where we see customer demand.”
Organizational and workforce adjustments are a necessary and regular part of managing our business. We will continue to prioritize and invest in strategic growth areas for our future and in support of our customers and partners,”
The layoffs, again come at a time when Microsoft is facing increasing competition from rivals like Amazon and Google. The company is also investing heavily in artificial intelligence and automation, which could lead to further job losses in the future (just like Satya earlier said).
Despite the layoffs, Microsoft’s fiscal performance remains positive. For the third quarter of 2023, ending March 31, the company reported a net income of $18.3 billion, which is an increase of almost 9% from the same period last year.
Moreover, investors are also waiting for the company’s fiscal fourth quarter 2023 financial results, which are expected to be revealed by the end of July. We know Microsoft’s doing well, but that completely seems to contradict the reason for this layoffs.
The layoffs at Microsoft are a soft reminder to the world about the impact that AI and automation are having on jobs. Microsoft is a tech giant, and so, everything they do is reported, but these effects will surely seep into the community as time goes on.
We don’t know how many jobs will ultimately be lost to AI and automation. However, it is clear that this tech is having a significant impact on the workforce. This is the time of internet all over again, except now people have more access to information and have a better chance of adapting afterwards.
The layoffs at Microsoft is a wake-up call for the rest of the workers, and how life can be uncertain. They need to be prepared for the future of work, which will be increasingly shaped by AI and automation.