Microsoft recently witnessed a third round of job cuts. These job cuts are part of the 10,000 layoffs that the company announced in January this year. The latest round of job cuts reportedly impacted employees in roles related to supply chain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). According to a report in CRN, quoting Microsoft spokesperson, the job cuts were across various levels, functions, teams and geographies.
In Washington state, the tech giant recently sacked 689 employees, according to Washington state records. The layoffs are for Microsoft’s Redmond, Bellevue and Issaquah offices. Last month, Microsoft informed Washington State that 617 employees were let go. In the same month, the company notified the state of California that 108 employees were let go. “In January, Microsoft informed Washington state that 878 employees were cut, bringing the total number of employees let go in the state to 2,184,” the report mentioned.
Project Bonsai shut down
According to a LinkedIn post by a Microsoft employee, the company has shut down its AI-powered automation effort Project Bonsai and laid off the team. “Alas, after having just formally graduated from incubation into a newly formed Industrial Metaverse group, Project Bonsai was shut down as part of the recent waves of Microsoft layoffs,” wrote Harald Winkmann in the post.
Another principal product manager, who worked for more than 18 years at Microsoft and led a team of product managers in Supply Chain Engineering, a part of the Cloud and AI group in Microsoft, wrote on LinkedIn, “After almost 19 years with Microsoft, a significant part of my group and I were let go yesterday. While I was bracing for this, it’s still a significant change that I am currently processing. Throughout the years, I had the privilege of passionately working on projects and products, building the foundations of Supply Chain for Devices, and watching the organization grow from less than 50 people to almost 400. Being part of the recruitment for these amazing folks was an absolute honor. Microsoft has truly been a family to me, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing team.”
In January this year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company will be “making changes that will result in the reduction of our overall workforce by 10,000 jobs through the end of FY23 Q3.”