Microsoft layoffs

5000, but only 1400 announced now … meaning everybody gets to twist in fear over the next 18 months.  As MiniMSFT says:

Personally, I feel like we’ve taken the Sword of Damocles and rammed it through a bunch of pink slips and now we intend to dangle that above the head of Microsoft for the next year and a half. All the way through the end of FY10, folks. “Cut once, cut deep.” Or, you know, don’t. If you have insight to this counter-intuitive plan, please share.

The earlier thread on Mini is also good reading.

Meanwhile, Google defied expectations with strong results — as did Apple and IBM.


PS: There’s a Facebook group Help Microsoft Friends Find a Job (and no doubt others).