3,000 jobs go at Microsoft

Redmond, Wa – Software giant Microsoft laid off 3,000 people today – part of its plan to cut costs.

The job losses will be spread equally between the USA and other geographies, but Microsoft has also committed to re-hiring as soon as the economic meltdown eases.

The Seattle Times has reproduced an email that CEO Steve Ballmer sent to all staff. In it, he describes the layoffs as difficult news to share. Microsoft, he continued, has nearly finished with the layoffs.

Ballmer did not rule out further layoffs – he said Microsoft is closely monitoring the economic downturn and is prepared to take action including layoffs if things continue to be bad.

The meltdown has affected practically every tech company and it’s probably fair to say that no-one has a clue when it will end.