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Microsoft to lay off 10% sales force to focus on Cloud Azure

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To focus more on the sales of cloud computing infrastructure and services under the Azure brand, Microsoft has decided to lay off 10 per cent of its global work force.

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Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners. Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated,” said an official statement of the company.

“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others,” the statement added.

Microsoft has a global sales force of 50,000 people. Around 5,000 people both in the software and hardware divisions will be handed over the pink slips.

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Microsoft has recently added a new instance type to Azure and the ability to run nested virtualization. The new Dv3 VM instances run on either the Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3GHz processor or a Haswell 2.4 GHz E5-2673 v3 and between eight and 64GB of RAM.

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