MSFT layoffs Pt. 2: Windows Live/Live Search largely unaffected; MSN Direct cut

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted May 6, 2009

Yesterday marked the second round of layoffs at Microsoft, as some 3,000 employees found themselves among the ranks of the unemployed.  We’ve been trying to piece together some more detailed information about what was cut, and as usual Mini-Microsoft has been a good if not entirely reliable source of information.  While we’ve done our best to piece together information from across the web, there isn’t much official confirmation of who or what was cut, so we can’t verify the accuracy of what has been reported.

Hardest hit in this new round of layoffs, according to an email from Kevin Turner (and reported by Mary Jo Foley), were SMSG (Sales, Marketing, Service Group), and MSIT, and most of the layoffs, some 1200, came out of Redmond and Washington State.  Outsiders weren’t spared, however: Microsoft India took a big hit, as did offices in Ireland and the UK.  The entire Madison, Wisconsin office was closed, if you can believe some of the comments on Mini-Microsoft’s “Cinco-de-Fire-O” post.

A couple of notable cuts include the entire editorial staffs of MSDN Magazine and Tech-Net magazine (which we were able to corroborate), although it’s not clear if the magazines themselves survived.  Also cut were some projects coming out of the Small Business Accelerator program, including MSN Direct (yes it still existed), Response Point (a VoIP for small business program), and the .Net Micro Framework.  It’s unclear from this little bit of information what it will all mean for the existing programs and their support.

Apparently largely unaffected were Windows, Office, Windows Live, and Live Search, although there were some significant cuts in Microsoft Advertising, including some, well, massive cuts at Massive, the inline game advertising platform Microsoft purchased in 2006.

As we were the last time, we were personally affected in this round, and sorry to hear that some of our LiveSide friends are no longer with the company.  Best of luck to everyone that received bad news yesterday, and all the best in the future. 

Posted May 6th, 2009 at 6:51 pm
Category: News
Tags: Corporate Strategy, layoffs