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Microsoft Fires 34 Nigerian Workers

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Microsoft on Thursday, July 30, 2015 sacked 34 of the 40 employees in the Nigerian office of its phone division.

The sacking came 24 hours after the company’s latest Windows 10 was made available in Nigeria and 189 other countries.

Although, Windows 10 is now available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems or with new personal computers and tablets, industry experts said it would leave about 15 million Nigerian payments cards prone to hacking.

Employees at the Nigerian office were silent on the matter, but a source said that the downsising was part of the global decision of Microsoft to streamline its phone division.

The source said the sacking was in line with the massive layoff of workers “sweeping through the global offices of Microsoft’s phone division.”

The Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, had said in a memo to all Nigerian employees in late June that the company needed to make some “tough choices” in areas that were not working.

The memo had stated that 7,800 jobs would be cut from the mobile division working on Windows Phone hardware.

The e-mail from Nadella to all employees, which was made available to our correspondent, read: “We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem, including our first-party device family.

“In the near-term, we’ll run a more effective and focused phone portfolio, while retaining capability for long-term reinvention in mobility.

“Microsoft was committed to our first-party devices, including phones, but needed to focus its phone efforts in the near term.”

He also said the company would write off $7.6 billion from the acquisition of Nokia, despite it only paying $7.2 billion for the company in 2014.

“The future prospects for the phone hardware segment were below original expectations due to the new plans,” he added.

Source: TheSheet